March 1965

Problems of Sleep and Dream in Children.

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Edited by Edward Harms, PhD. Price, $6.50. Pp 147. Pergamon Press, distributed by The Macmillan Company, 60 Fifth Ave, New York 10011, 1964.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(3):324. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720330098013

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In the past ten years the empirical study of sleep and dreams has undergone great advances. The initial breakthrough was accomplished by the work of Aserinsky, Kleitman, and Dement, who demonstrated that dreaming occurs during three to six discrete periods of sleep characterized by the presence of conjugate rapid eye movements (REM); that during a night of sleep there are three to six recurrent cyclic variations of the EEG pattern; and that simultaneously with a unique EEG phase of this cycle, dreaming and the REM period occur. Because these findings have demonstrated reliable physiological indices to detect the dreaming and nondreaming states, they have provided workers with an efficacious tool to study sleep and its mentation and pathology.

With this promising opportunity in mind, the present volume, which aims at "presenting keys to advances in major methodological and factual aspects of sleep and dreams in children," comes as a

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