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April 11, 1885

Insomina, and other Disorders of Sleep.

JAMA. 1885;IV(15):414-415. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390900022015

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This little book consists of seven chapters, the subjects of which are as follows: The Nature and Causes of Sleep; Insomnia, or Wakefulness; Remedies for Insomnia; Treatment of Insomnia in particular Diseases; Dreams; Somnambulism; Artificial Somnambulism or Hypnotism. Passing over the first and second chapters, which are highly interesting, we come to the third, on the remedies for insomnia. In a quite formidable list of nervous stimulants which may be employed for inducing sleep, we find baths and food; these, in our opinion, are the chief remedies upon which to rely for a successful treatment of insomnia. The author seems to prefer a warm bath. The great objection to the warm bath on going to bed is the extreme liability to take cold after its use, which does not obtain in the case of the cold bath. Besides this, the cold bath need not be complete; cold water may be

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