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Insomnia: an Outline for the Practitioner

Nature volume 127, page 437 (21 March 1931) | Download Citation



DR. CRICHTON-MILLER, who is the director of the Tavistock Square Clinic, is to be congratulated on his book on insomnia. It is probably the best book on the subject. It is not too long and is extremely well set out. The author has not shown any hidebound prejudices and treats each case strictly on its merits. In so many cases, there is an emotional factor at work, and until this is satisfactorily dealt with, it is quite useless giving drugs and trying to ‘cure’ the insomnia. In the chapter on the psychological aspect of insomnia the various views on the conflict of life are placed before us. In this chapter, Dr. Crichton-Miller is careful to point out that Jung's views are more philosophical than scientific; he is at heart a mystic. The chapters on general treatment and medicinal treatment are good, although we would like to see psychotherapeutic nurses have a training of twelve months in a mental hospital, not three to six months !

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