sleep then and now - (rsm) 1805-2005 NOTES

chris's notes (not really for publication)

RSM Notes (from the library)

Distinguishes between consciousness, awareness, awakeness, WL Davidson, Mind, 6, 406-412, 1881
Sleep due to accumulation of acid products in the brain (Obersteiner). Pflüger - carbonic acid central to nerve transmission, and waking causes depletion of stores, sleep needed to recuperate.Mind, 1, 133, 1876.
Rest, suggestion and other therapeutic measures. Restraint and hot bath amongst others (bromides, barbiturates) - 'dope' (bromide).Dercum, FX, 1919.


One problem with sleep is because everyone does it, nearly everyone believes they understand it. But from a scientific and philosophical (thinking of dreaming) point of view it is complicated. Saying one understands sleep is rather like saying one understands life.

CHRONO / Czeisler / Polidori / Aserinsky

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Pub where RSM first met (use back arrow to return)


Section of Psychiatry formed 1912. Maudsley Sargent, Hill, Stengel, Slater.

  1. Criminal responsibility and medical culpability
  2. Cerebral dysrhythmia

Dr Bradbury's thoughts on sleeplessness and hypnotics - 1899

German Sée: dolorous, digestive, cardiac, cerebro-spinal, neurotic, psychic, insomnia of cerebral and physical fatigue, genito-urinary, febrile and toxic.

IrritativeToxicPsycheLife mode
  • Alcoholism, nicotinism
  • Exanthems (measles, small-pox, etc)
  • Diptheria, pneumonia, hepatic
  • Dyspepsia, rheumatism, gout
  • Heard disorders
  • Tea, coffee, cocoa
  • Strychnine
  • Opium eating, morphinism, cocainism
  • Grief, shock, worry
  • Neurasthenia, hysteria
  • Hypochondriasis.
  • Overworked students
  • menopausal women
  • Mania, melancholy
  • General paralysis
  • Chorea, paralysis agitans
  • Eating late
  • Change of climate
  • Night nursing
  • Cycling!



Brief History of the Royal Society of Medicine

The Sleep Medicine Section