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The Slumbering MassesSleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life$
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Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674749

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674749.001.0001

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The Rise of American Sleep Medicine

The Rise of American Sleep Medicine

Diagnosing and Misdiagnosing Sleep

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(p.27) 1 The Rise of American Sleep Medicine
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The Slumbering Masses
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Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674749.003.0002

I begin by describing the contemporary situation of sleep medicine – its rise since the 1970s and the forces behind it. I also describe the sleep clinic where I conducted my fieldwork. I argue that the basis for sleep medicine – and American medicine generally – is not knowledge, but doubt.

Keywords:   Medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural studies, American studies, Medicalization, Biopolitics, Desire, Affect, disability studies

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