Darold Treffert, MD, shares insights in new book, proceeds to benefit the Treffert Center

Shelly Haberman

Everyone loves a great story. Powerful stories can inspire you, guide you and bring fresh, new insight into your life.

The same is true for a new book now available - called Recollections - that highlights previous writings from Darold Treffert, MD, a world-renowned autism and savant syndrome expert. A psychiatrist, Dr. Treffert has been studying savant syndrome for more than 50 years. He served as a consultant to the movie Rain Man, in which Dustin Hoffman portrayed an autistic savant.

A Fond du Lac native, Dr. Treffert - who serves as research director at the Treffert Center - shares his personal insights of the world gathered over 60 years as a physician listening to, and working with, individuals with savant syndrome and many other conditions.

The stories were previously featured in The Reporter (Fond du Lac) Essence section. They have been hand-selected to best illustrate the rich history and expertise that Dr. Treffert brings to better understand autism, savant syndrome (developmental and acquired), hyperlexia (early reading) and other types of exceptional brain performance. They provide a more intimate look at both brain and human potential.

“I began my journey as a physician 60 years ago,” says Dr. Treffert. “That voyage has provided such precious opportunities to meet so many patients, and has provided so many experiences for reflection and recollection. For several years, I shared those ponderings, and many people wanted copies and asked about perhaps providing them in a booklet. So, here it is.”

The book can be purchased in paperback format at the Treffert Center, 371 E. 1st Street, Fond du Lac, the St. Agnes Hospital Gift Shop and the Agnesian Health Shoppe. It can also be purchased through the Treffert Center web site (treffertcenter.com) or through e-mail at treffertcenter@agnesian.com.

Cost is $20 for a digital or paperbook copy, plus $5 for mailing of a hard copy. 

All proceeds benefit the Treffert Center, which includes the Treffert Library, Treffert Academy and Treffert Clinic.

“Since 1962, I have had medical staff ‘privileges’ at St. Agnes Hospital which have allowed me to admit and treat patients,” says Dr. Treffert. “Privilege - that’s a great word for it - the responsibility, honor and opportunity to care for, and about, patients who entrust their care to you. Hopefully these musings might help young professionals of all differing skill sets embarking on their respective healing missions.”

Donations to benefit the Treffert Center are always welcome by visiting agnesian.com/donate-now. Contributions support and continue the work of Dr. Treffert to ensure that all who reach out from around the world have access to the resources available through the Treffert Center.

For more information about Dr. Treffert, the Treffert Center or to obtain additional copies of this booklet or other publications, visit treffertcenter.com.

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