William C. Dement

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William C. Dement (born 1928), is a pioneering sleep researcher, and founder of the world's first sleep laboratory at Stanford University. He is the world's leading authority on sleep, sleep deprivation, and the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.

He earned both M.D., Ph.D. degrees.

Each year since 1971 until 2003, he has taught the popular "Sleep and Dreams" course at Stanford University.

In 1975 he launched the American Sleep Disorders Association and served as president for its first twelve years.

He was also chairman of the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, whose final report led directly to the creation of a new agency within the National Institutes of Health, the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research.

Dement is the author of numerous books, including The Promise of Sleep, and has written the first undergraduate textbook in the field.

He lives with his family in northern California.

Quotations

"Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives." - Newsweek 30 Nov 59

"...drowsiness is red alert." - Stanford Report 31 March, 2004

Even when they are looking, people usually see only what they expect to find and they do not see what they assume for whatever reason could not exist. - The Promise of Sleep (pg 34)

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