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BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 28 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:584
  1. Christopher Martyn (
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    • Opinions about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are polarised. In the Christmas edition of the BMJ Steven Rose argued that it was little more than diagnostic neologism—an example of the medicalisation of everyday life. G D Kewley, author of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Recognition, Reality and Resolution (LAC Press, £12.50, ISBN 0 9534748 01), on the other hand, has no doubts that it is a medical condition with a biological rather than a social explanation …

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