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Autism and its Medical Management explains the medical aspects of autism and how both parents and professionals can use current medical knowledge to better understand how to address the medical aspects of autism.The book begins with an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and how they are diagnosed, and goes on to identify the different types of autism and to describe relevant medical interventions. The author also provides an outline of recent research to enable parents and professionals to gain an understanding of the various factors that may contribute to the development of ASDs, as well as the latest available treatment options.Bridging the communication gap between medical professionals and parents, this book offers accessible explanations of medical terminology and treatment relevant to ASDs and is an important tool for parents and professionals working with children with ASDs.

'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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Michael G. Chez MD is a board certified pediatric neurologist and epileptologist who is now Director of Pediatric Neurology at Sutter Neuroscience Institute and Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, California and Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Neurology at the University of California Davis Medical Center. Dr. Chez has spent over 16 years practicing pediatric neurology with a special interest in clinical aspects of autism. He has published numerous articles on the subject and participated in many advisory panels on autism.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Groundbreaking work. A must read. May 2 2008
By Dadvocate - Published on
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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.
Great guide May 23 2013
By sk - Published on
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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.
Autism and Its Medical Management July 5 2013
By Robert Hughes - Published on
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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.
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Health and parent's collections alike will find it important April 19 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
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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.
8 of 19 people found the following review helpful
More "Conventional Wisdom" for an unconventional disorder Sept. 22 2010
By Tara Marshall - Published on
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Suggestion 1: Dr. Chez; PLEASE bring a child with autism to another pediatric neurologist (without disclosing your medical background) and suggest that his regression, seizures, or other problems were caused by vaccines and see if he will run the EEGs and documentation you say should be done. The moment any parent so much as suggests that a child's regression began, in several cases, quite literally the moment they started seizing on the day of the vaccine, the medical doctors immediately tell them that they're wrong. They refuse to report to VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting Service, leaving us to do all the calls ourselves. Frequently they refuse to so much as see the child again, and I've seen one doctor order a family to leave his office immediately.

Suggestion 2: Watch a child you love start to lose even more of their functional abilities because they're drugged out of their minds on Risperdal or Abilify, the two drugs that are FDA approved to "treat" autism, or rather, to treat the aggression sometimes associated with autism. Watch them regress even more in their ability to communicate and even in toilet training, and then tell us how much you like these medications. Even better, watch them get Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome and nearly die (or die, as in one case I've seen in an adolescent) from the medication. There are literally HUNDREDS of people who die every year from NMS, as compared to the 2 deaths caused by doctors without much experience treating children with chelation, one an NT with lead poisoning, the other autistic, with the wrong chelating agent.

These are the "hopes" for medical management suggested by Dr. Chez. They are less than useful. On the other hand, having seen several children acheive functional communication, toilet training, and other abilities shortly after implementing the gluten/casein/soy free diet and the megadoses of vitamins he ridicules in this book as being "useless at best", I suggest throwing his book in the trash where it belongs and visiting a DAN! doctor. If nothing else, the treatments they suggest are NOT, as Dr. Chez suggests in his screed on chelation, likely to kill your child.