Steroids for the brain?

If we are going to ban steroids from sports, when are we going to begin banning treatments that improve people's performance in school? Of course, you might also have to ban caffeine and other drugs. But why is it worse for people to do well in sports by taking steroids than someone to do better on the SATs and thus beating out someone else for a place at a top school?

A rise in healthy people popping pills to boost performance in exams or work, raises long-term ethical and safety concerns about the effects of such treatments, British doctors said on Thursday.

The British Medical Association (BMA) wants a public debate about the risks and benefits of using drugs to improve memory and concentration, sometimes called "cognitive enhancement". . . . .



Anonymous Steve B said...

Doesn't it all just depend on the presence or non-presence of undesirable side-effects?

Afterall, I take meds for cholesterol which have desirable effects and the possibility of undesirable effects.

I'm simply taking a measured gamble.

11/10/2007 9:50 PM  

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