Letters: Dec. 21, 1998

KIDS AND RITALIN

"Great advances in society have frequently come from the so-called misfits. Where will such ideas be found in the world of Ritalin?" MICHAEL M. MAKIEVE Alamo, Calif.

Your article on Ritalin as the wonder drug for the hyper child is not only scary but also sad [THE AGE OF RITALIN, Nov. 30]. Throughout my successful academic years, I was surrounded by a variety of students, many of whom were deemed hyperactive at a young age but each of whom managed to get into a top college. Strict parental discipline was the daily medication: no TV, no video games....

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