Ben Perrick was 10 years old when Dr. Leo Kanner, the Johns Hopkins University psychiatrist credited with discovering autism, diagnosed him with the disorder. His parents followed Kanner’s advice to place Perrick in a mental institution. At the time, autism was not a widely recognized diagnosis. Other doctors later relabeled Perrick schizophrenic.
The first part of this document is Kanner’s original evaluation from 1954. The second part consists of an interview and notes from a 1959 meeting of doctors reviewing Perrick’s case at the Norristown State Hospital, where he spent the rest of his life.
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