Congress of Hungarian Internists
Hungarian internists gathered recently in Balatonfüred—a picturesque bathing resort on the shores of Lake Balaton.
Professor Ranschburg gave an address on the pathology and therapeutics of insomnia. He said that recent researches have confirmed the assumption that the sleep center is in the region of the third cerebral ventricle. In man, however, and chiefly in cultured man, this center learned to subordinate its periodic activity to the organ of mental functions; that is, to the cerebral cortex. Thus, the thought of falling asleep soothes, and the fear of not being able to sleep inhibits, the automatism of this center. Morever, study of the depth of sleep in persons with refreshed and with exhausted nerves proved that sleep and wakefulness are not antagonistic conditions, but transitions; wakefulness passes through drowsiness, slumbering and dreamful dozing to deep and unconscious sleep. In some cases a patient complains of