Insomnia as a Social Construct...
Senior Seminar in Biology and Society
October 20, 2009
I would like to explore the role of society in current understandings of insomnia as a disease, symptom, or social construct. To that end, I chose a broad range of readings including cultural, medical, and scientific perspectives on insomnia and sleep. Hopefully these readings will help inform a conversation about the significance of sleep and its absence in human beings.
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role of sleep
neuro-imaging evidence of insomnia
insomnia following tramatic brain injury
study of insomnia in Japanese factory workers
drug treatments for substance abusing insomniacs
acupuncture as a treatment for insomnia
problems with the sleep/insomnia paradigm
insomnia and culture