Hans Asperger

About Hans Asperger

Who is it?: Paediatrician
Birth Day: February 18, 1906
Birth Place: Vienna, Austrian
Died On: 21 October 1980(1980-10-21) (aged 74)\nVienna, Austria
Birth Sign: Pisces
Education: University of Vienna
Known for: Writing on “autistic psychopathy” Eponym of Asperger syndrome
Profession: Physician
Institutions: University Children’s Hospital, Vienna
Specialism: Pediatrics
Research: Autism

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Hans Asperger was born on February 18, 1906 in Vienna, Austrian, is Paediatrician. Austrian paediatrician Hans Asperger identified Asperger’s syndrome as a mental disorder. This disorder is seen especially in children. He, for the first time, provided a clear description regarding autistic psychopathy. He conducted research on 400 psychically abnormal children with such problems for his work on autistic psychopathy. As a child he himself displayed features of the very condition named after him. He was lonely and had difficulty making friends even though he was gifted in the languages. He grew up to study medicine at the University of Vienna and eventually became director of the special education section at the university children’s clinic. After the World War II he published a definition of autistic psychopathy but died before his work on mental disorders became widely recognized. Medical science acknowledged his contribution after his death when his works were translated into English. Besides pursuing valuable research work in medical field, he also acted as a soldier in Croatia in the later part of World War II. Asperger's syndrome remains a controversial and contentious diagnosis due to its unclear relationship to the autism spectrum. The World Health Organization's ICD describes Asperger's syndrome as "a disorder of uncertain nosological validity", and there is majority consensus to phase the diagnosis out of the American Psychiatric Association's diagnosis manual.
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Asperger’s own publications did not inspire research, replication, or scientific interest prior to 1980. Instead, he laid the fertile groundwork for the diagnostic confusion that has grown since 1980.



In his 1944 paper, as Uta Frith translated from the German in 1991, Asperger wrote, "We are convinced, then, that autistic people have their place in the organism of the social community. They fulfill their role well, perhaps better than anyone else could, and we are talking of people who as children had the greatest difficulties and caused untold worries to their care-givers." Based on Frith's translation, however, Asperger initially stated: "Unfortunately, in the majority of cases the positive aspects of autism do not outweigh the negative ones." Psychologist Eric Schopler wrote in 1998:


Despite this brief resurgence of interest in his work in the 1990s, AS remains a controversial and contentious diagnosis due to its unclear relationship to the autism spectrum. The World Health Organization’s ICD-10 Version 2015 describes AS as “a disorder of uncertain nosological validity”, and there was a majority consensus to phase the diagnosis out of the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnosis manual.


Since 2009, Asperger’s birthday, 18 February, has been declared International Asperger’s Day by various governments.


Asperger died before his identification of this pattern of behaviour became widely recognised. This was in part due to his work being exclusively in German and as such it was little-translated; medical academics, then as now, also disregarded Asperger’s work based on its merits or lack thereof. English researcher Lorna Wing proposed the condition Asperger’s syndrome in a 1981 paper, Asperger’s syndrome: a clinical account, that challenged the previously accepted model of autism presented by Leo Kanner in 1943. It was not until 1991 that an authoritative translation of Asperger’s work was made by Uta Frith; before this AS had still been “virtually unknown”. Frith said that fundamental questions regarding the diagnosis had not been answered, and the necessary scientific data to address this did not exist. Unlike Kanner, who overshadowed Asperger, the latter’s findings were ignored and disregarded in the English-speaking world in his lifetime.