May 1971 was a high-water mark for sleep research. Scientists from all the sleep disciplines met in the medieval town of Bruges, Belgium, for two weeks of meeting. The free communications have been published (Psychophysiology 9:84-153, 1972), and the extensive seminar on basic sleep mechanisms, chaired by Olga Petre-Quadens, should appear soon. The present volume contains the proceedings of ten special seminars covering sleep biochemistry, pharmacology, pathology, cellular physiology, periodicity, phylogeny, neural circuitry, computer analysis, dreams, and sleep deprivation.
The senior editor, Michael Chase, has left the format of each section to the seminar leader. The presentations vary from the detailed summary of neuronal firing rates in different brain areas to the basically unedited verbatim discussion on dreams that itself reads like the rambling narrative of a dream.
To the sleep buff this volume is a must. Many a sleep worker specifies here for the first time the philosophical background