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With all this in mind, upon the teacher's request for testing, I made an appointment with one of the professionals whose name was provided by the Principal, and with Doug's pediatrician as well, to rule out any possible physical causes.

We saw the pediatrician first, who was aware of the purpose of out visit. He didn't so much as take Doug's temperature, but immediately launched into a speech about how he thought he "has" ADD, and he thinks his adult son "has" ADD, and how medication would have helped, and blah, blah, blah. He was ready to write a prescription right then if I wanted. When I resisted and indicated that I really wanted to scrutinize the situation more closely before resorting to medication, he lost interest and spoke vaguely of referring us to a psychiatrist, if our insurance would allow it.

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I liked your focus on the question of diversity in the last chapter. It reminds me of the concerns that have been raised about the loss of biological diversity that is happening as the human race cuts down, paves over, or pollutes the natural habitats of the world.

I read a book a few months ago that I found thought provoking. It's
Deep Time: How Humanity Communicates Across Millennia by Gregory Benford. He spends some time talking about how civilizations rise and fall, and talks briefly about the way that one civilization is stimulated or enriched by contact with a frontier or another civilization. (Not the main point of his book, which is also interesting.) It seems that we are now witnessing the homogenization of civilization, courtesy of cheap air travel and even cheaper communications. I wonder if the stimulation of encountering a frontier or a strange culture is a thing of the past for the human race. As your book documents, we seem to be also eliminating the psychological diversity among people in the one remaining culture.

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I have been reading the questions and answers on your website... I have a 6 year old daughter with down's syndrome, who just recently has been diagnosed as having all the symptoms of ADHD. Today is her first day on Ritalin. After much research and deliberation, I have conceded to giving it a try.

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