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Pathological Child Psychiatry and the Medicalization of Childhood

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1043
  1. Charles Essex, consultant neurodevelopmental paediatrician (
  1. Gulson Hospital, Coventry

    Sami Timimi

    Brunner-Routledge, £15.99, pp 190

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    ISBN 1 58391 216 9

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    When asked to review this book I leapt at the opportunity. Children who are in some way “failing” represent a significant proportion of the referrals to my clinic. Despite the rather scathing way that many professionals, including some doctors, refer to diagnosis as “the medical model” (always used pejoratively), many parents and many other professionals welcome a diagnosis. Being too lively is ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder); clumsiness is …

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