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Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Bad medicine: medicated minors

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 21 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3907
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    We live in a society obsessed with protecting children. From the time of conception we offer strict advice to avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs for fear of damaging the child’s development. Childhood is a period of chaotic, experimental, irresponsible, challenging, and formative thinking. And despite my years I am still captive to the emotions of my misfit childhood. I would not trade one moment of the misery and happiness of that time, for it is a mental sanctuary from the pressure cooker of adult life.

    But nature’s …

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