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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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Pharmaceuticals and the Making of Modern Bodies and Rhythms

Pharmaceuticals and the Making of Modern Bodies and Rhythms

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(p.145) 6 Pharmaceuticals and the Making of Modern Bodies and Rhythms
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The Slumbering Masses
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Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674749.003.0007

This chapter discusses how narcolepsy has become the model for contemporary American sleep, and examines two narcolepsy drugs – Xyrem and Provigil – to show how, increasingly, Americans are being driven to use chemicals to promote alertness and induce sleepiness.

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

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