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February 10, 1984

Sleep Work

Author Affiliations

Brooklyn, NY

JAMA. 1984;251(6):728. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340300024012

To the Editor.—  Apropos of Abraham Verghese's1 delightful recollections entitled "The Dreams of a Medical Resident" and his reference therein to "dreams where one feels like one is working" ("sleep work"), I wonder if readers are familiar with the story of the getting-on-in-years professor who recounts: "I dreamed I was lecturing in front of my class. I woke up with a start, and by Jove, I was!"