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March 7, 1931

Étude sur les narcolepsies: Considérations sur l'appareil régulateur du sommeil.

JAMA. 1931;96(10):801. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720360071041

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In this doctoral dissertation, prepared under the guidance of Professor Lhermitte, the author describes the various types of pathologic sleep. She rejects the notion of essential or idiopathic narcolepsy current in some quarters. In most of the cases that came under her observation a history of cerebral disorder could be demonstrated, and she concludes that narcolepsy is symptomatic in nature. The presence, in the region surrounding the third ventricle, of a mechanism regulating sleep is indicated both by the location of the lesions in patients suffering from disturbances of sleep and by the results of experimental work on animals. An extended bibliography completes the volume.

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