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Ritalin Nation: Rapid-Fire Culture and the Transformation of Human Consciousness

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7286.621 (Published 10 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:621
  1. Simon R Wilkinson, consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry
  1. Oslo, Norway

    Richard DeGrandpre


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    W W Norton, £9.95, pp 284 ISBN 0 393 32025 1

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    If children's behaviour becomes “out of hand” it is understandable that parents may seek a diagnosis to explain it away. There are several to hand. Ritalin Nation looks at one such diagnosis—attention deficit disorder. Richard DeGrandpre proposes that US culture has medicalised child development and that attention deficit disorder is a child strategy for coping with …

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