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Isabelle Rapin, 89; Forged Idea of an Autism Spectrum

Jun 14, 2017 - The New York Times

Isabelle Rapin, a Swiss-born child neurologist who helped establish autism's biological underpinnings and advanced the idea that autism was part of a broad spectrum of disorders, died on May 24 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. She was 89.

The cause was pneumonia, said her daughter Anne Louise Oaklander, who is also a neurologist.

''Calling her one of the founding mothers of autism is very appropriate,'' said Dr. Thomas Frazier II, a clinical psychologist and chief science officer of Autism Spea...