A Clear Stand on Drug Treatment and Assorted Remedies

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 877–878. Reviews the book, Help for the Hyperactive Child by Sydney Walker III (1977). Based on a jacket cover description, this book “provides the answers long sought by parents, teachers, and other adults charged with the care of these children.” Using extensive, recent references, Walker provides readers with support for his arguments about the etiology and treatment of hyperactivity. Walker gives an intriguing but speculative account of what he views as a true increase in the prevalence of hyperactivity in the past 30 years. In a very readable book, the author provides parents and teachers with a thesis that simplistic drug treatment is ill advised. The author advises, this book is one that can truly be of help in alerting parents to potential causes and cures of hyperactivity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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