Antecedents of ADHD: a historical account of diagnostic concepts
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- Taylor, E. ADHD Atten Def Hyp Disord (2011) 3: 69. doi:10.1007/s12402-010-0051-x
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The concept of ADHD has evolved gradually and still carries some traces of its origins. The idea of uncontrolled behaviour as a medical problem arose in eighteenth and nineteenth century accounts. It raised cultural issues about how far control was expected of children. This article traces the development of ideas with particular references to Hoffman’s “Struwwelpeter”, Frederick Still’s “Disorders of Moral Control”, minimal brain damage, and the hyperkinetic syndrome.