The Amphetamine Debate

The Use of Adderall, Ritalin and Related Drugs for Behavior Modification, Neuroenhancement and Anti-Aging Purposes


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This book covers both sides of the debate over amphetamine prescription and use. It discusses the history of amphetamine and related stimulants; ADHD and the use of Ritalin and Adderall to treat it; related neuroenhancers; methamphetamine from Desoxyn to crystal meth; the nature of addiction and side effects; sociological effects of amphetamine compounds; and expert opinions for and against amphetamine use.

About the Author(s)

Elaine A. Moore has worked in hospital laboratories for more than 30 years, primarily in immunohematology and toxicology. She is a freelance medical writer and laboratory consultant. For more information, visit her website at She lives in Sedalia, Colorado.

Bibliographic Details

Elaine A. Moore
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 248
Bibliographic Info: 14 photos, resources, glossary, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-5873-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8012-8
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Health Topics

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      viii
Foreword by K. Scott Pacer, M.D.      1
Introduction      5

1: History of Amphetamine and Related Psychostimulants      9
2: Medical and Other Effects of Amphetamine Compounds      34
3: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)      52
4: Ritalin, Adderall, and Other Treatments for ADHD      80
5: Amphetamines as Cognitive and Performance Enhancers      108
6: Methamphetamine—From Pervitin to Desoxyn to Crystal Meth      131
7: Amphetamines and Drug Dependence      149
8: Short and Long Term Adverse Effects of Psychostimulants      170
9: The Neuroscience Revolution: What Comes Next?      189

Resources      211
Glossary      215
Bibliography      221
Index      233

Book Reviews & Awards

“valuable”—SciTech Book News