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Students study novel on autism

Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 03/27/06 http://news.galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=16f3987fd157ddba Medical students are used to dealing with cold, hard facts. So Jonathan Brokaw didn’t know what to expect when he sat down on a Friday night to do a different sort of assignment — to read a mystery novel about a teenager with a developmental disorder. “It’s like no other book I ever read. I kept reading and finished by noon on Saturday,” said Brokaw. “Every day we deal with a medical and fact-based process. (The book) made me think about other ways to relate to patients, to focus on the human side.” Brokaw and a group of University of Texas Medical Branch graduate students all read “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” a fictional account of a British teenager, Christopher Boone, who has an autistic spectrum disorder, or ASD. The graduate students are all pursuing master’s degrees, either in physical or occupational therapy.



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