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Thomas Jefferson and Asperger's Syndrome


If living in today's society, [url=]thomas sabo[/url], our third U.S. president, author of the Declaration of Independence and considered by many to be a notable intellectual would most likely be diagnosed as an individual with Asperger's Syndrome, a neurological difference in some people.

Because Norm Ledgin is a historian who writes and lectures in history and also because he has a son diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome he observed characteristics and similarities in the personal life of [url=]thomas sabo charms[/url] that matched his own son's life. In all probability, if Mr. Ledgin's son did not carry the Asperger's difference, he most likely would have passed off many of Jefferson's "out of the norm" behaviors as simply being odd or eccentric just as many other historians have done.

For readers who are unfamiliar with Asperger's Syndrome, Mr. Ledgin reprints the diagnostic criteria for Asperger's as taken from the 1994 Fourth Edition of the American Psychiatric Association and he highlights those criteria which are associated with Jefferson. In his book, Diagnosing Jefferson, Mr. Ledgin lists over fifty traits gleaned from his own readings and from the writings of other biographers which, in all probability, place [url=]thomas sabo jewellery[/url] on the autism/Asperger continuum. Norm Ledgin's comprehensive list includes physical characteristics, social characteristics, restricted interests, learning traits and language usage traits.

In each chapter of his book, Ledgin highlights an Asperger's characteristic that applies to Jefferson and gives examples from Jefferson's life that fit that particular criterion. One such chapter relates to Jefferson's "inflexible adherence to specific nonfunctional routines or rituals," such as soaking his feet in cold water each morning, recording every "financial transaction to the penny," extensively recording notes, and "singing under his breath almost constantly."

Ledgin writes of how a number of historians have described Jefferson's outer demeanor: his "relatively stony-faced reserve, his noted lack of "eye-to-eye gaze," his "elusiveness," his "far-away" look. The author states that in his opinion, from everything he has read about Jefferson, the one word he would use to describe [url=]thomas sabo bracelet[/url] would be "reserved."

[url=]thomas sabo uk[/url] is a book that would be of interest to individuals devoted to extending their knowledge about the lives of U.S. presidents. It is an in-depth look at Jefferson's personal life and his social behaviors in a way not previously explored. It is well-researched, referenced and an easy-read.