Fillers One hundred years ago

Human hibernation

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7244.1245/a (Published 06 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1245

A Practice closely akin to hibernation is said to be general among Russian peasants in the Pskov Government, where food is scanty to a degree almost equivalent to chronic famine. Not having provisions enough to carry them through the whole year, they adopt the economical expedient of spending one half of it in sleep. This custom has existed among them from time immemorial. At the first fall of snow the whole family gathers round the …

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