Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities:

Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities: Realities, Myths and Controversial Treatments
Barbara Ingersoll and Sam Goldstein
(Doubleday, 1993, Paper, $12.95)

It's amazing how rapidly trends and fads in alternative treatments for ADD come and go. This book written in 1993, still covers most of them in a balanced and even-handed way, presenting the facts or evidence and then offering conclusions about what works and what doesn't.

Pseudoscience in Biological Psychiatry: Blaming the Body

Pseudoscience in Biological Psychiatry: Blaming the Body
Colin Ross and Alvin Pam, editors
(John Wiley and Sons, 1995)

For the more serious reader willing to shell out bigger bucks, this collection of essays is a tour-de-force critique of biological psychiatry. Get it out of the library. Pam's essay "Biological Psychiatry: Science or Pseudoscience" and Ross's "Errors of Logic in Biological Psychiatry" are impressive feats of research and analysis.

The basic tenets of any theoretical system (in this case biological psychiatry) are also the ones most vulnerable to challenge. I plan to put a formal review which I wrote for the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics on this website (under "The World According to Dr. Diller") sometime soon.

Little Helpers in 2024

This past December the prestigious British journal, Nature, published a commentary entitled “Cognitive Enhancers,” in which the authors proposed reevaluating the ethics of using drugs that ostensibly improve the brain’s performance.

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