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February 16, 1901

The New Method of Inducing Sleep Without Drugs: One-Hundred-Dollar Prize.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(7):456. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470070042017

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Northampton, Mass., Jan. 30, 1901.

To the Editor:  —The one grand step in scientific medicine during the centuries has been that just accomplished at the close of the nineteenth. Tuberculosis is now to be cured by sunshine, open-air exercise, and plain food. Drugs, predigested foods and the poisonous inhalations of the closed wards are recognized as causes rather than cures of tuberculosis.A revolution of no less importance is in process to liberate the non-sleeping, hypnotic, drug-taking brain-workers now on duty in all the great centers of this country. Drug unconsciousness is causative, not curative, of insomnia. By well-trained will power we may command quiet in the workshop of the brain, as we may in the mill. It is all a matter of turning on and off the belts."The New Method of Inducing Sleep Without Drugs" consists in bringing under control two functions of organic life at the retiring

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