I just found this, following my commentary from the other week about how naming a thing doesn’t mean you’ve invented it.
And we could say exactly the same thing about autism, with a few updates:
Autism is one of the year’s “top 10 new epidemics.” But of course, autism didn’t suddenly spring into existence 70 years ago – that’s just when it was discovered and scientifically named. . . . “Written documentation of a particular kind, by an authority figure of a particular kind, was what turned autism from a thing that just was … into a thing that was studied.”
Not to keep hammering on this pesky “nail”, but it matters.
It matters a lot.