Prevalence and Management of Hyperactive Children

Donald M. Berwick, Carl L. Kline, Morris A. Wessel, Daniel J. Safer, John J. Krager

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To the Editor: In a very useful article, Krager and Safer (issue of November 21, 1974) observe that psychotropic medication for hyperactive children is more commonly used in districts with median incomes above average for the county studied than in districts with median incomes below average. This observation, though valuable, does not quite justify the literal meaning of the statement that “children in wealthier areas received medication to a greater degree than children who were less economically fortunate.” The data presented are consistent, for example, with the possibility that the use of medication in poorer areas is confined to wealthier.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)536-537
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 6 1975
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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