The perils of suggesting famous historical figures had autism

Good article.  I hear about these historic figures all the time. – Greg

Historians and authors have given many famous figures an armchair diagnosis of autism over the years: Albert EinsteinMichelangelo and Thomas Jefferson, to name just a few.

Looking for signs of autism in historical figures and fictional characters can give us important insight into society’s changing perceptions of the condition through time. But however intellectually interesting, we urge caution before labelling such figures actually autistic.

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