Darold Treffert Column:

Darold A. Treffert, M.D. is a psychiatrist who has been intrigued with, and studying, savant syndrome since he met his first savant in 1962 when developing a Children’s Unit at a psychiatric hospital in Wisconsin. Convinced that savant syndrome provides a unique window into both the brain and human potential, he has written widely in professional and lay publications and participated in numerous documentaries world-wide on the topic.  He also maintains an internationally respected and popular website at http://www.savantsyndrome.com  “Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired and Sudden Savant” is his most recent book on this remarkable condition.  He also maintains a
savant syndrome registry with 350+ individuals world-wide, and growing.  Dr. Treffert is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wisconsin.

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