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11/15/10: Autism's First Child

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Donald Triplett was the first diagnosed case of autism.

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, Utah – In 1938, 5-year-old Donald Triplett exhibited symptoms that had never been described in medical literature. He was awkward and uninterested in conversation, but he also had a terrific memory and perfect musical pitch. Donald was the first child ever diagnosed with autism and today, he's 77 and living happily in his small Mississippi community. Monday, Doug is joined by journalists Caren Zucker and John Donvan for a look at what Donald's life can teach us about autism.

Read John Donvan and Caren Zucker's recent Atlantic article Autism's First Child

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