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September 30, 1939

Sleep, Your Life's One Third

JAMA. 1939;113(14):1355-1356. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800390077033

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In this book the author offers to laymen his divers views and experiences. The style is clear and the quotations from many poets are copious. Many and various are the topics discussed, for example "the first authentic occurrence of murder by a sleep walker"; somnolence, which the author states is bought on mostly by the patient himself and which unfortunately "in quite a number of cases is followed by the catastrophic disease known as narcolepsy"; the vividness of certain dreams, as illustrated by a woman who swore she had sex relations with an angel; the freudian view which the author outlines and accepts that "if the father is suffering from sleeplessness, the girl with father attachment is sure to be afflicted with the same trouble." It is difficult to say just how the author classifies the causes of insomnia, but they seem to include schizophrenia and other psychotic states; "organic

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