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April 22, 1974

The Functions of Sleep

JAMA. 1974;228(4):507. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230290055041

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This book presents a very readable and relatively comprehensive review of important research on sleep over the past several years. The strong point of the book is its readability and hence its usability by the novice researcher of sleep or the graduate student with interest in this area. It is also an excellent resource book for the sleep research library in that it provides a means whereby technicians and fledgling researchers may efficiently review the current state of knowledge pertaining to the concomitants of sleep. The author has been able to review a vast amount of often confusing research data without becoming disorganized or lost in trivia. He is to be complimented for this.

Dr. Hartmann's primary aim in reviewing the data on sleep is to develop a rationale for his theory of the functions of sleep. Although some aspects of his theory are not original, others are, and in