Vital Signs: The Boy Who Stopped Talking

A toddler's behavior gives away his disease.

By Mark Cohen|Sunday, April 02, 2006
"The strangest thing about my son is that he started out talking really well, and then a couple of months ago, he just stopped." As his mother was telling me that, the 17-month-old abandoned the toy car he had been playing with, looked at me briefly, and then toddled across my office to his mother's chair. He reached for her hand and pulled on it, insistently. She got out of her chair, and he led her over to where he had been playing. The boy took his mother's hand and placed it on top of the to...

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