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For quite a while now, the media has been awash with stories of miracle foods that they believe can enhance your memory and concentration and therefore improve intelligence. Very controversially there was the fish oil tablet study done on schoolchildren a number of years ago.
But a recent Student BMJ article published this month looked at the possibility of doctors and medical students using cognitive enhancement drugs to help get through those tough and stressful times and hence try to stop the burnout discussed in this discussion:
The drugs mentioned include: Donepezil, Modafinil and Benzadrine (which was actually used by soldiers in the second world war)- most have quite bad side effects.
What are your opinions on the use of these drugs?
Do you think there is a place for them to be used by doctors and medical students?
Do you think there are better alternatives?
Personally I would not advocate their use- could easily start to be used as a method for a get out clause instead of just trying to deal with the problem at hand OR just using more traditional methods...But what do you think??
The article can be found here: