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Author Miller, Kenneth (Journalist), author.

Title Mapping the darkness : the visionary scientists who unlocked the mysteries of sleep / Kenneth Miller.

Publication Info. New York : Hachette Books, 2023.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  612.821 MIL    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description xviii, 414 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-398) and index.
Summary Journalist Kenneth Miller weaves science with history to tell the story of four outsider academics who carried the study of sleep from fringe discipline to mainstream obsession. In the 1920s Nathaniel Kleitman founded the world's first dedicated sleep lab, with breakthrough experiments in 1938. Kleitman mentored Eugene Aserinsky who discovered REM sleep, and William Dement, who became known as the father of sleep medicine. Dement, in turn, mentored Mary Carskadon, who uncovered an epidemic of sleep deprivation among teenagers.-- Adapted from book jacket flap.
Contents Introduction -- Part I: Coming into the territory. Exodus -- Arrival -- Coming into the territory -- Descent and transformation -- Part II: Chasing dreams. The body electric -- A new continent -- Chasing dreams -- Pathway to paradox -- A society of scientists -- The frontier shifts -- A new vision -- Part III: Awakening. The birth(s) of sleep medicine -- Decoding the clockwork -- Seeing patterns -- Beyond pills and scalpels -- Crossroads -- Catastrophe -- Awakening -- Epilogue -- Diagram: The anatomy of sleep -- Appendix A: A time line of sleep science ; Appendix B: Meanwhile, in a parallel universe: a brief prehistory of chronobiology.
Subject Kleitman, Nathaniel, 1895-1999.
Dement, William C., 1928-2020.
Aserinsky, Eugene, 1921-1998.
Carskadon, Mary A.
Sleep -- Research -- History.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Informational works.
ISBN 9780306924958 (hardcover)
0306924951 (hardcover)
9780306924972 (e-book)
0306924978 (e-book)

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