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May 20, 1939

You Can Sleep Well: The A B C's of Restful Sleep for the Average Person

JAMA. 1939;112(20):2089. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800200087037

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Abstract

The theory of sleep induced by relaxation is expounded by the author through the conversations of a mythical doctor and patient. The book is intended for laymen, although it is ironically stated in the preface that scientists and physicians may learn from it also. It is exceedingly difficult to review a work for popular consumption, especially one as breezily written as this, which skips lightly over controversial matters, conflicting evidence and other theories and which dogmatizes the author's own views. The lay reader is compelled to follow Jacobson's implied attitude of take it or leave it.

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