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Book Reviews
April 1939

You Can Sleep.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;57(4):989. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990040253020

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In this volume the author applies his previously described method of relaxation to sleep. The first half of the book describes the steps of progressive relaxation which are essential to sleep. There is a chapter on the sleep of children, pointing out the harmful effect of frightening radio programs and stories. In another chapter the author tries to prove that distressing dreams are due to lack of relaxation and advises against analysis of dreams. Other chapters are devoted to the thesis that worrying and distress at night can be dismissed in favor of relaxation if the patient desires it. The book includes a description of the laboratory methods of studying sleep.

The book is written for laymen. It is written mostly in conversational form and is easily understandable. It is critical of physicians and psychiatry. The author refuses to agree with those who consider relaxation largely suggestion.

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