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Revised Autism Definition Too Important to Rush Into Print: View

When is a person just a little different, and when is his peculiarity a symptom of a disabling disorder?

An expert panel has taken a new crack at that question, proposing a redefinition of autism and related conditions for the manual used by U.S. mental health professionals. The plan has aroused fears that it may strip many people of a diagnosis and thus the insurance and government benefits that can go with it.