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January 9, 1909

The Art of Natural Sleep.

JAMA. 1909;LII(2):151. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540280065023

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The Emanuel Movement is responsible for a deluge of literature in the form of books, magazine articles and miscellaneous contributions to newspapers. While a lot of rubbish is appearing, a considerable portion of this literature is sensible and conservative, and therefore will do good rather than harm. Among the latter is this little book on insomnia and its treatment by suggestion. It is written for the layman; hence we ought not to expect to find—and do not find— in it much that relates to the basic physiologic facts underlying the cause of the condition when that cause is other than worry. The physician who has had fair, average experience in general practice will read of the remarkable cures recorded here with a sort of amusement—there are no failures, or practically none; it is all so very easy. Such a physician will realize the difference between treating those who come to

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