Nevermind that Hans Asperger
didn't actually -create- the syndrome, he just first described it. And nevermind that without him, we STILL wouldn't know what to do about it.
And never mind that without Uta Frith translating his paper into English, a couple of years before the DSM-IIIR came out, we wouldn't have an official iagnostic code. (the original version of this node linked to Uma Frith -- thanks to everyone who pointed it out to me!) And never mind that without the diagnostic code, the disabled-services departments of our schools wouldn't ever be open to us.
(Disabled Services? What the hell do they have to do with anything, you might ask? Well, many people with Asperger's Syndrome can't handle dual forms of input -- so they can't take notes effectively in class... and thus, they're accused of having poor study skills. Disabled Services generally assists learning for those with actual physiological disorders; however, with the advent of the American Psychiatric Association and their diagnostic classifications, schools were forced to treat mental disabilities as actual disabilities. This is a GOOD thing for those of us who can't get ahead in school.)