Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association 2003 Mar; 47(1): 4-7
ABSTRACT: Psychiatrist Leo Kanner first described autism for us in 1943. His was an observation of a small group of children who showed total indifference to other people and extreme aloofness. These children made very little eye contact and were noted to have severe language deficits associated with their apparent lack of desire to communicate. The way in which these children interacted with their environment was very unusual when compared with other children, especially in the fact that they showed no pretend or imaginative plat. Infantile Autism first appeared as a term in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), Third Edition.