I trust this study, along with the proposed drug, will induce major controversy, especially in the media.
First, I'll talk about the medical aspect of this drug ...
Propranolol -- which is the active ingredient proposed for the drug -- is basically a beta-blocker.
Beta-blockers affect the heart and circulatory system (e.g. arteries and veins). It's normally used to reduce hypertension, treat angina, tacchycardia (i.e. irregular heart beats), migranes, tremors, and reduce the risk of recurrent heart attacks. These are the most common uses of Propranolol.
The problem is that it has many contra-indications and many side-effects, which might prevent a siginificant sector from using the drug.
But even though it's relevant to my work, I'm not really interested in the medical aspect. Like I said, I believe the media will have a field-day with this drug, and I trust the issue of "should or should not people use it!"
I firmly believe that such an issue is fundamentally and practically a personal issue. Eveyone has the right to choose whether he/she wants to forget. I utterly detest those so-called authorities who are so in love with their voices that they keep coming back on TV shows and soup-operas, telling us what we should or shouldn't do. It's not only condescending, but it's unbelievably idiotic as well.
I believe the movie that dealt with that subject -- the one that's mentioned at the beginning of the article -- is Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. A splendid movie, really. It portrayed so well what it is that makes memories, good and
bad, such an essential part of our very existence.
Well, I'm talking too much. I should save it until the thread interests more people.