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Isabelle Rapin, Who Advanced Concept of an Autism Spectrum, Dies at 89

Jun 09, 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 Spe...