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Respected Autism Pioneer Is Actually a Monster

The news about Asperger has given many patients the chance to educate themselves

Barb Cook, editor in chief of Spectrum Women Magazine, recalls when she first heard about Dr. Hans Asperger’s experiments. “It disgusted me that such a man with great knowledge and opportunity to save children, as he did with some, was also used to sign a death warrant to others,” she said. In 2009, Cook herself was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Her diagnosis came as a relief, as she was finally able to understand who she was. “It never occurred to me at that point in time who had introduced the term, let alone where the original research had evolved from,” she said. Cook went on to add that the value of one life over another cannot be determined and that the doctor had a choice, but his choices were poor and unforgivable.