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In an age of modern technology and an increasing movement towards a 24-h working culture, life for many is becoming more stressful and demanding. To help juggle these work commitments and an active social life, nootropic medication, (the so-called 'smart pills') have become a growing part of some people's lives. Users claim that these drugs allow them to reach their maximal potential by becoming more efficient, smarter and requiring less sleep. The use of these medications and the role of health professionals in their distribution raises many ethical questions.

Original publication




Journal article


Med Health Care Philos

Publication Date





239 - 240


Cognition, Cosmetic Techniques, Humans, Neurology, Nootropic Agents, Physician's Role