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June 1973

Sleep Research—A Critical Review.

Arch Neurol. 1973;28(6):420. doi:10.1001/archneur.1973.00490240080018

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This modest volume is an essay that presents a reasonably balanced overview of the phenomenology of sleep. Its various sections deal with descriptions of normal human sleep and the accompanying mental activity, the sleep of animals including a rather extensive and probably excessive description of the sleep of chimpanzees, the effect of sleep deprivation on human and subhuman species, the pharmacologic aspects of sleep, a survey of some aspects of sleep pathology, and finally, a discussion on theories of sleep comprising, in the main, an exposition of those held by the author. The treatment of the neurophysiological and anatomical aspects of sleep receive less space than descriptive aspects of the electroencephalogram. This, however, probably reflects the realities of the state of present knowledge. The author's treatment of these various topics is acceptably but not incisively critical. Cogent and concise summaries are lacking. The bibliography is extensive and up-to-date. In general,

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