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ERIC Number: ED076540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Pages: 29
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The Use of Ritalin for Treatment of Minimal Brain Dysfunction and Hyperkinesis in Children.
Bosco, James
The use of Ritalin in public schools as a means of treating hyperactive children is a much debated issue. Research done on the drug is spotty, and conclusions about the effects of its use are few. A review of current research, however, indicates no consistent beneficial results when Ritalin is used to treat hyperactive children. This may not be due to the ineffectiveness of the drug but rather to improper experimental control of factors such as age, I.Q., sex, differences of diagnosis, and the severity of illness. Another important issue in the use of Ritalin is the frequency and severity of its side effects which include loss of appetite, headaches, abdominal pain, weight loss, nail biting, irritability, twitching, and insomnia. Implications for the use of Ritalin are weighty and require further detailed studies by physicians. (JB)
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