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Letters Do adults have ADHD?

A history lesson

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 28 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2241
  1. Matthew P C Smith, Wellcome Trust research fellow1
  1. 1Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter, Amory Building, Exeter EX4 4RJ
  1. m.p.c.smith{at}

    Debates on the legitimacy of a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children or adults are still raging1 2 because of a lack of understanding of the history of the disorder. Drug companies have indeed marketed the concept of adult ADHD to potential consumers1—as they did childhood ADHD to parent-teacher associations in the …

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