Origin of the Term "Autism"

The term autism was originally coined by [Eugen] Bleuler [in 1910] in the context of negative symptoms of schizophrenia, and Kanner (1965) struggled to establish autism as a disorder separate from childhood-onset schizophrenia until Kolvin’s (1971) classic study showing bimodality in timing of onset for “childhood psychosis.”


Kanner, L. [...] (1965) Infantile autism and the schizophrenias. Behavioral Science 10:412 – 20. [aBC]


Kolvin, I. (1971) Studies in the childhood psychoses. I. Diagnostic criteria and classification. British Journal of Psychiatry 118:381– 84. [aBC]

-- Bernard Crespi , Christopher Badcock

from "Psychosis and autism as diametrical disorders of the social brain"

Quoted on Mon Jul 9th, 2012