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Delayed Fatherhood May Be Linked To Certain Congenital and Mental Disorders 192

New submitter optimus_phil writes "New Scientist magazine reports on findings that suggest that delaying fatherhood may increase the risk of fathering children with disorders such as Apert syndrome, autism and schizophrenia. The article reports that 'although there is a big increase in risk for many disorders, it's a big increase in a very small risk. A 40-year-old is about 50 per cent more likely to father an autistic child than a 20-year-old is, for instance, but the overall risk is only about 1 per cent to start with.'"
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Delayed Fatherhood May Be Linked To Certain Congenital and Mental Disorders

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  • by IgnorantMotherFucker ( 3394481 ) on Sunday February 23, 2014 @07:12AM (#46315169) Homepage

    Swiss Child Psychologist Alice Miller [alice-miller.com] devoted twenty years to treating the very worst kinds of child abuse, then decided to stop all treatment of actual patients in hopes of putting a permanent end to that child abuse by writing a great many profoundly insightful books.

    Her book For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty In Child-Rearing And The Roots Of Violence has just four chapters. One of the chapters makes a pretty good case for Adolf Hitler, World War II, NAZI Germany and the Holocaust all being to the fact that Alois Schicklgruber beat the young Adolf Schicklgruber every single day of his young life.

    One day when he was thirteen or so - I don't clearly recall when - Adolf stood stoically and calmly for his beating, then at the end of it, told his father how many times his father had hit him, thanked him then calmly walked away. Everyone who witnessed this thought Adolf had gone insane. Perhaps he had.

    Most of Miller's books are hugely popular with mental health professionals. Powells [powells.com] always has a whole bunch of copies of each book on its shelves in Portland, Oregon.

    Quite likely you can find For Your Own Good in any decent bookstore.

    I expect they've been translated to many languages. I'm not sure but I think Miller's Mother Tongue was German. She spoke English, but not very well, so the English-language editions of her books are all translated by experts.

  • Actually, no (Score:4, Informative)

    by dutchwhizzman ( 817898 ) on Sunday February 23, 2014 @07:24AM (#46315191)
    Mortality has only been the case for about 90% of humans ever born. Statistically speaking, you have a 10% of living forever.

"What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying." -- Nikita Khrushchev