Chatterjee isn't the first to point toward this drug-altered future, but until recently, doctors have been absent from the debate. The problem is that they're the ones who will have the power to prescribe these enhancement drugs to otherwise healthy patients. To kick-start the conversation among his peers, Chatterjee offers a series of questions at the end of his paper. They are relevant for the general population too, so we posted one on our Web site. When asked if they would give their child a medication with minimal side effects prior to a piano lesson to help him/her learn better, 47 percent of the 178
respondents acknowledged that they would. While Chatterjee mulls his own stance, his colleagues are telling him to drop research and go for the quick buck. "My friends tell me I should give up this stuff and open
a brain spa," he says.