February 1969

A Manual of Standardized Terminology, Techniques and Scoring System for Sleep Stages of Human Subjects.

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By Allan Rechtschaffen, PhD, and Anthony Kales, MD.Editors: R. J. Berger, W. C. Dement, A. Jacobson, L. C. Johnson, M. Jouvet, L. J. Monroe, I. Oswald, H. P. Roffwarg, B. Roth, and R. D. Walter. Price, not given. Pp 13. Public Health Service, US Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1968.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(2):246-247. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740140118016

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With the vast research interest in sleep and dreams that has developed in the past 15 years, there is increasing evidence of noncomparibility of scoring of nocturnal electroencephalograph-electroculograph records from different laboratories. In 1967 a special session on scoring criteria was held at the seventh annual meeting of the Association for the Psychophysiological Study of Sleep. Under the auspices of the UCLA Brain Information, an ad hoc committee composed of some of the most active current researchers was formed in 1967 to develop a terminology and scoring system for universal use. It is the results of the labors of this group that is now published under the imprimatur of the National Institutes of Health.

The presentation is beautifully clear. Techniques of recording, scoring, and doubtful records are carefully considered. Recommendations for abbreviations, types of pictorial representation, order of polygraphic tracings are suggested.

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