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Autism and its Medical Management: A Guide for Parents and Professionals Hardcover – Apr 15 2008

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1 edition (April 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843108348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843108344
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,296,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book explains the medical aspects of autism and how both parents and professionals can use current medical knowledge to better understand how to address these aspects. -- BILD information Service This book will help professionals and (scientifically literate) parents to understand the various factors that can contribute to the development of ASDs, as well as the latest treatment options. -- His book is written for parents, therapists, physicians, and interested lay people. In clear language and an easy-to-read format, he starts with an overview of autism and definitions before going on to cover theories, treatment, and medication options. -- Library Journal Parents and professionals who work with children will find much-needed insights and medical assessments in Autism and Its Medical Management, a guide for lay readers on its medical aspects of autism and how the latest medical knowledge can help address common concerns. From a review of autistic disorders and how they are diagnosed to new medical interventions, this offers the latest research keyed to solutions to common issues. -- The Midwest Book Review

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Provides clear explanations of autism treatment to bridge the gap between medical professionals and parents --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Groundbreaking work. A must read. May 2 2008
By Dadvocate - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book will not be without controversy. Dr. Chez offers sensible advice to parents and professionals that doesn't hesistate to touch the "third rail" issues in the autism community. Both conventional (excluding things like ABA)and alternative medical approaches are examined.

Dr. Chez, based on his 15-20 years as a Board Certified pediatric neurologist, weighs in strongly on the value and shortcomings in all of them. His own medical colleagues may be in for a bit of a shock in his criticism of mainstream medicine's care of children on the autism spectrum. Likewise, advocates of some (but not all) alternative approaches will not be pleased reading his views. But everyone ought to read them.

Dr. Chez is a big believer in treating indivdual patients individually but a theme throughout the book is the emergence of distinct autism sub-types. Dr. Chez argues that each can can call for sharply different interventions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great guide May 23 2013
By sk - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great guide! Dr. Chez is our neurologist, and I read this before going in for our first appointment. Our daughter has high functioning autism and had an unusual late regression (age 5) with loss of language and social interest. Our previous (also highly regarded) neurologist said - tough luck, that is autism. Dr. Chez did comprehensive testing and has tried medicines and supplements discussed in his book, and our daughter has substantially regained skills. She's only been on medication for 1 1/2 months and there are others medications that we may add in. Note that the book is written for both parents and medical professionals, so there are parts where even a scientifically minded parent might choose to skim rather than read for complete comprehension.
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Autism and Its Medical Management July 5 2013
By Robert Hughes - Published on
Format: Paperback
A thoroughly enlightening and clear introduction to an understanding of autism. Any parent who suspects a problem in their child should consult this book first before looking at anything else. Full disclosure: The author is a brilliant neurologist whose keen observation, compassion and insight into my own son's autism were of great support to my wife and me at a crucial time for our family. Dr. Chez, in this book, cuts to the heart of autism as a neurological problem.
By C. del Castillo-Hegyi - Published on
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Probably the most important, rational, groundbreaking work in the medical treatment of autism in existence. I am a physician and mother to a child with autism. He provides information from real scientific work in autism using knowing about the known biochemistry of the disease and draws from his real-life clinical experience working with children with autism that can improve the associated and core deficits of autism. Every child with autism deserves a true neurological evaluation including EEG's, blood tests for autoimmune disease, metabolic disease and treatment with medications that have known mechanisms of action and effects. It is difficult to know who is offering quack treatment to desperate families for the purpose of profit. If I could get into his clinic, I would, but from what they said, he is busy trying to focus on research. Every parent of a child with autism should read this and advocate for medical evaluation and treatment.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Health and parent's collections alike will find it important April 19 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
Autism and its Medical Management: A Guide for Parents and Professionals explains the medical aspects of autism and how parents and professionals alike can use current medical knowledge to better understand these aspects. From a review of autistic spectrum disorders and how they are diagnosed to different types of autism and medical interventions, this offers a bridge between medical and parental worlds and offers explorations of treatments and options for ASDs. Health and parent's collections alike will find it important.