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Table Of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
I. Clinical Observations
1. The Epodemiology of Pervasice Developmental Disorders
2. Size of the Head and Brain in Austism: Clue to Underlying Biologic Mechanisms?
3. The Autistic Mind
4. Language and Communication Disorders in Austim Spectrum Disorders
5. Memory and Executive Functions in Autism
6. The Vagus: A Mediator of Behavioral and Physioclogic Features
7. Approaches to Psychophrmacology
8. Gastointestinal Issues Encountered in Autism
II. Nauronatomic Investigations
9. Structural Brain Anatomy in Autism: What Is the Evidence?
10. The Brainstem in Austium
11. Myelin and Autism
12. Positron Emission Tomography Studies of Autism
13. The Orbitofrontal-Amygdala System in Nonhuman Primates: Fuction, Development, and Early Insult
14. An Animal Model of Virus-Induced Austism: Borna Disease Virus Infection of the Neonatal Rat
III. Genetic Initiatives
15. Gene Expression in Austism
16. Candidate Susceptibility Geners for Austism
17. Chromosome 15 and Autism
18. Chromosom 7
19. Fragile X Syndrome
20. Autism and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
21. The Roles of Dopamine and Norepinephrine in Autism: From Behavior and Pharmacotherapy to Genetics
22. Serotonin in Austism
23. The GABAergic System in Autism
25. The Role of Reelin in Autism
26. Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor and Dopamine in Autism
27. The Immune System
Epilogue
Index