Thursday, September 24, 2009

Obit: Dr. Leon Eisenberg

Dr. Leon Eisenberg, Pioneer in Autism Studies, Dies at 87
Published: September 24, 2009

"Dr. Eisenberg conducted some of the first rigorous studies of autism, attention deficit disorder and learning delays."


“Leon took a very courageous stand and denounced the way psychiatry treated children, this whole system in which we had a few rich kids and their parents getting psychoanalysis five days a week and still not being cured,” said C. Keith Conners, a professor emeritus in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University. “No one even knew what a cure looked like. He had this conviction that nothing was being done for the bulk of children who needed help, and that we had very little scientific data to guide us.”


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