• Vol. 45 No. 9
  • 15 September 2016

A Brief History of the Biology of Sleep

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Glaswegian physician, Dr Robert Macnish, was half right when he stated in ‘The Philosophy of Sleep’ that “sleep exists in two states; in the complete and incomplete.” His
postulation that incomplete sleep was “the active state of one or more of the cerebral organs while the remainder are in repose” beared some vague semblance to our current
concept of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.

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