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August 1991

The Diencephalon and Sleep

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Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1991;48(8):785. doi:10.1001/archneur.1991.00530200017004

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In 1963, Nathaniel Kleitman rephrased a fundamental question that had been argued for at least 30 years: Is the onset of sleep an active process or a mere cessation of wakefulness? This question has been debated for decades, from Bremer and Hess through Jouvet, Hobson, McCarley, and countless other researchers seeking to unravel the secrets of sleep. This volume, the product of the Satellite Symposium of the Twelfth European Neuroscience Association Meeting, helps us to appreciate the incredible complexity of this question and other issues related to the mechanisms of sleep.

The various papers presented in this book are organized into four major categories. An appropriate introduction, review of poster presentations, and a well-organized summary complete the book. The first section, "Ascending Brain-Stem Projections," explores the older concept of a reticular formation of the brain stem and its connections. The discussion of dorsal and ventral projection pathways is thorough, and

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