Physicians and Teachers: Bridging Troubled Waters

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 883–884. Reviews the book, The Hyperactive Child and Stimulant Drugs edited by James J. Bosco and Stanley S. Robin (1977). This book summarizes recent literature relevant to treatment of “hyperkinetic” children with stimulant medication, with a focus on the academic and social context of drug treatment. This book is a collection of facts in search of a meaning. The chapters accurately reflect the confusion in the field of hyperactivity, the diverse perspectives and vested interests of educators, psychologists, pediatricians, parents. However, there is no clear presentation of the distress experienced by the children, who may feel stupid and out of control–or to their families, torn by conflicts in child management. The hazard of the book is that it might communicate such a message of confusion about the field that it may invite the teacher to view the hyperactive child as a social artifact and use of medications as straitjackets. It is to be hoped, however, that this book will lead to greater interdisciplinary cooperation in the identification and treatment of these children. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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