David Rowland. A Need to Redefine Autism. J Neurol Neurophysiol, 2020, 11(1), 001-004 https://www.iomcworld.org/open-access/a-need-to-redefine-autism.pdf
ABSTRACT: Currently, one in 59 children (1.7%) are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). During the 1960s, one in 250 (0.4%) were diagnosed with autism. This apparent 420% increase in reported cases is largely due to misdiagnoses occasioned by changing criteria. Phenotypy diagnosing has been abandoned in favor of ticking off symptoms on a checklist with minimal understanding of cause and effect. Dissimilar conditions are now being included under a broad ASD umbrella category. This study explains the unique neurophysiological cause of autism, redefines autism in terms of this unique cause, and provides differential diagnostic criteria plus a Litmus test that enables you to know for certain if someone suspected of being autistic has been correctly diagnosed.