Could Fidgety Philipp be proof that ADHD is not a modern phenomenon?BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7467.643-c (Published 16 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:643
- Roger Dobson
According to a new study Zappel-Philipp, a character in the 1846 children's book Struwwelpeter, is probably the first written mention of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by a psychiatrist.
The book, written for his son by Dr Heinrich Hoffmann, founder of the first mental hospital in Frankfurt, contains a series of short stories about a boy called Zappel-Philipp, which translates as Fidgety Philipp.
In a study in European Psychiatry …