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The Universal Stimulant Effect

Such a profound and interesting article that appeared in the NY Times today. It took me back to a moment I will never forget: it was during my pediatric training and I was sitting in a lecture on Attention Defecit Disorder. The speaker told us that if every child in a classroom were to receive stimulant medication - regardless of whether or not they had ADD - every one of them would do better in school. It was a morning lecture and the speaker went on, "How many of you are holding a cup of coffee right now?" Nearly 100% of us unclasped one hand from our cups and raised them in the air. "Caffeine is a stimulant, just like the drugs used for ADD. See what I mean? You are all doing better because of your drug."

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