Author(s): Dan Olmsted
Much of the discussion about autism has missed the point about possible causes (and therefore solutions) of what has been dubbed 'the autism epidemic'. To solve this question, the authors began digging into the history of other degenerative neurological disorders. Their extensive research led them to discover incredible and previously unacknowledged links between the rise of crippling bouts of syphilis which left the suffers raving mad, the spike in the incidence of schizophrenia in 19th-century London, and the commonalities between the parents of the first children diagnosed with autism in the 1930s. The Age of Autism connects these dots to form a startling new thesis: "Behind the rise of each of these disorders - and many more - was exposure to mercury, the most toxic non-radioactive substance known to man." In ten chapters that address various turbulent medical epochs, Olmsted and Blaxill have crafted a narrative that they hope will be 'An Inconvenient Truth' for our mental health.