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The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child Paperback – January 14, 2005
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"For those who believe that ADHD can be treated without medication, this book could be akin to another New Testament . . ." (Manuel Mota-Castillo, M.D., Psychiatric Services, April 2005)
“Thom Hartmann surveys new genetic evidence that kids with ADHD have gifts and unique abilities.” (The Midwest Book Review, August 2005)
"Thom Hartmann demonstrates that ADHD can be associated with creativity, high achievement, and a most successful adaptive style." (Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Driven to Distraction)
"Thom Hartmann helps take us to the edge of knowing ourselves, our brains, and our world." (John J. Ratey, M.D., author of A User's Guide to the Brain)
"Once again, with tireless scholarship and a bit of poetry, Thom Hartmann helps take us to the edge of knowing ourselves, our brains, and our world." (John J. Ratey, M.D., author of A User's Guide to the Brain)
Top Customer Reviews
Thom Hartmann's books are extraordinarily inspiring and uplifting. If you haven't read Prophet's Way, Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, Unequal Protection, and World's Greatest Secret, all books not related to ADD, then you're missing something. Also check out his talk show at thomhartmanndotcom.
This book starts with Hartmann's previously proposed idea that ADHD traits are consistent with a human genetic factor that was adaptive for "hunters" in the course of human evolution. He points out how many non-conformists in history became great inventors, leaders, and innovators, precisely because they were not forced to conform to prevailing dogmas and customs.
Rightly, Hartmann sees the current desire to force conformity as a dangerous threat to individuality and progress.
Hartmann recognizes that those labeled ADHD are often more sensitive and reactive than the norm, and need supportive conditions to help them flourish. The "negative" side of ADHD traits is most likely to appear when children are abused or over-stressed rather than nurtured. I would have liked to have seen this book go into more depth and provide more of the existing documentation about the various holistic approaches to helping those labeled ADHD thrive rather than be drugged and treated as disordered. The flaws and dangers of orthodox ways of responding to ADHD traits/behaviors could have also been explored further, although there are other books that cover that ground well and which lack the broad scope and perspective provided by Hartmann.
Overall, this book provides a lot of great insights.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hartmann had two worthy purposes in describing the effects of Climate change and how it related to today's "Edison Child. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Timothy Lynch
I was amazed at the authors research and well constructed the book is. For anyone with ADHD or a child diagnosed with it then you must read this. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter Williams
interesting reading about ADHD and its position in our society .Published 6 months ago by Gene M.Byron
Thom Hartmann does a very good job in explaining what ADHD is.( Everyone in society has some type of psychological problem(s), and I believe that there are no exceptions, its just... Read morePublished 14 months ago by windel
Wonderful book but it has alot of evolutionary ideas that i don't agree withPublished 16 months ago by Heather Jones
A deep review on ADD, it has a deep scientific insight and still covers slightly behavioral issues.Published 17 months ago by Gonzalo Díez
This book changed my way of looking at ADHD and started me on a path to looking more critically at the way we think about mental illness in this country as a whole. Read morePublished 18 months ago by elponcho86