SleepersBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7373.1179 (Published 16 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1179
- James Allen, arts writer
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Despite years of campaigns about doctors' hours, it has taken disasters such as the Selby rail crash to make sleep deprivation big news. In the arts, sleep and the lack of it have been sources of inspiration for many works: Frankenstein came to Mary Shelley during a bout of insomnia, and Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, and the recent David Lynch film Mulholland Drive all have dream sequences at their core. But …
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