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Methylphenidate works by increasing dopamine levels

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 03 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:259

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BMJ policy on pictures

Dr Berelowitz is correct in citing our policy on needing informed
consent for photographs, or indeed descriptions, of patients. However,
this applies to photographs obtained through a doctor-patient

When it comes to news photographs we obtain these from
photographic agencies, who are responsible for obtaining the subject's
consent. The story about this boy, including quotes from his mother and
photographs of him, appeared widely in the US media. In effect the
photograph was already in the public domain.

Annabel Ferriman, News editor, BMJ

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 February 2001
Annabel Ferriman
News editor, BMJ