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Reflecting the enormous changes that have taken place in our knowledge and understanding of developmental disorders, this groundbreaking international volume brings this vast and complex field together for the first time. The editors have collected together the world’s leading academic scholars and clinicians, to explore how current research across a range of different disciplines can inform academic knowledge and clinical practice and help to improve the lives of individuals and their families.The SAGE Handbook of Developmental Disorders is a central reference in the field for all academics, researchers, clinicians and advanced students involved in the study of developmental disorders, including those in clinical psychology, child psychiatry, child mental health, child genetics and pediatrics, speech language pathology, and developmental disabilities and special education.

Tourette Syndrome
Tourette syndrome
Mary M.Robertson, Andrea E.Cavanna
Historical Perspective

Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, currently known as Tourette syndrome (TS) in the United States and much of the rest of the world, is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by the presence of multiple motor tics and at least one vocal/phonic tic. Originally described over a century ago, TS is increasingly recognized as a relatively common disorder, with a privileged position at the borderlands of neurology and psychiatry: both clinical and epidemiological studies suggest that associated behavioural problems are common in people with TS, and it seems likely that the investigation of the neurobiological bases of TS will shed light on the common brain mechanisms underlying movement and behaviour regulation.

The first medical description of TS was made in 1825, ...

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