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January 9, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(2):85-86. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440020037005

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A recently published work on " The Mystery of Sleep," among other statements wise or otherwise, says that if the investigation of the mystery of sleep were taken up with the same incentives and by the same class of minds as those now engaged in the study of electricity, it would be as clearly understood as is that agent at the present time. Of course this involves the assumption, based on very insufficient appreciation of the facts that we have at present a better knowledge of the nature and phenomena of electricity than we have of those of sleep, but the feature of the utterance that chiefly calls for notice is the implied assumption that a superior grade of intellect is engaged in the field of physical than of physiologic research, in short, the too common notion that the medical profession does not contain the highest type of intellect as compared

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