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March 11, 1968

The Biology of Dreaming

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Gainesville, Fla

JAMA. 1968;203(11):992. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140110084034

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Sleep: Its Nature and Physiological Organization  , by Werner P. Koella, 199 pp, with illus, $10, Springfield, Ill: Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 1967.A number of books have recently appeared in an attempt to bring the reader up to date about the process of sleep and the phenomena of dreaming. In The Biology of Dreaming, Hartman focuses attention on dreaming and devotes 15 chapters to an extensive review of recent research. In systematic fashion, he reviews the phylogeny and ontogeny of the dream state and examines the periphery and neurophysiology of dreaming. He presents evidence indicating the organism's need for the dream state and examines the current knowledge of chemistry on this aspect. The evidence of the cyclic nature of sleeping and dreaming is examined and so is the relationship of dreaming to mental illness, medical illness, and psychosomatic conditions. He concludes with some comments about the functions of dreaming which