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January 13, 1999

Reducing Sleepiness on the Roads and on the Wards

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinklerMDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(2):134-135. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-2-jac80019

To the Editor: The article on sleepiness, driving, and motor vehicle crashes by the Council on Scientific Affairs1 is extremely important. The conclusions about the importance of increased awareness of the relationship between sleepiness and motor vehicle crashes, the role of physicians in providing advice that will help prevent the problem, and the importance of further research on the topic cannot be denied. However, several issues require additional comment.