Medicine: Drugs for Learning

Though handsome and obviously bright, Jeremy was a maddening problem to his parents and his teachers. He could not concentrate, would not learn in nursery school and the early years of elementary school. But in the last year Jeremy, now ten, has been earning A's and B's in his classes at Anaheim, Calif. The difference is that now, before every breakfast and lunch and after school during the academic year, Jeremy takes a pale green tablet of Ritalin, the trade name for methylphenidate, a mild stimulant.

He is not an isolated case. Tens of...

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