Medicine

Medicine

A new book recounts the forgotten history of autism

We tend to think of autism as a modern disease — “the unique disorder of our uniquely disordered times," as author Steve Silberman writes in a new book. But that idea, he says, doesn't quite square with the facts. The real history of autism is less known and more tragic — both for the people who suffered from the disorder and for the doctor, Hans Asperger, whose pioneering ideas about autism were long neglected.

Culture

Meet the Italian 'Colonel Mary Jane'

The Italian army may be the first military in the world to be assigned the task of growing medical marijuana. They're attacking the job with all the gusto and precision of a military operation.

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