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"A fascinating and engaging book. Drawing upon multiple sources, including art, literature, work by other researches and her own fieldwork, Adler adroitly weaves a cogent narrative which provides insight into this pervasive yet under recognized affliction."
(Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 2011-08-19)

"Sleep Paralysis is a mind-bending exploration of how what you believe interacts with how your body works."
(Alexis Madrigal The Atlantic 2011-09-14)

About the Author

SHELLEY R. ADLER is a professor in the department of family and community medicine and director of education at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
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  • Series: Studies in Medical Anthropology
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (January 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813548861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813548869
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Matt A on May 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've been researching the subject of Nightmares and the shadow people for some time and I found this book to be the most complete work on the subject. Not only does the author fully explain the historical evidence for these paranormal sightings, but through strong scientific reasoning is able to theorize the cause of a current medical mystery known as "Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome." While other authors like to play off the spook and horror elements of this medical phenomenon, few actually attempt a concrete explanation beyond something as vague as "cultural stress". Dr. Adler has shown herself to be a world expert on the subject. She combines countless case studies and a thorough examination of ethnic beliefs with current theories on the mind-body relationship to propose a truly startling conclusion. A fast and informative read with great supporting research and solid science. If you are interested in this subject, this is the definitive work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Hurd on October 14, 2012
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Shelley Adler's book fills a gap in the literature with this slim volume on sleep paralysis. It's a scholarly work but very readable. She not only neatly summarizes the research into the medical side of SP but also connects it with the anthropology of the "Night mare" and "old hag" traditions... basically starting where David Hufford left off with his 1980s classic the Terror that comes in the night.

It's impossible for me not to mention that I have written a self-help book on SP by the same name -- yet I would without hesitation recommend this book for readers looking for the most up-to-date scholarly book on the topic, including some top notch historical data on this phenomenon. In particular, Adler's case-study of the Hmong tragedy in the 1980s is a powerful contribution to integrative medicine, as it shows the intricate ways that culture, biology an-- in particular -- individual beliefs can co-create reality: for better or worse.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sleeper on January 11, 2011
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A great read; informative, accessible, thought-provoking and highly entertaining. If you've ever tried to make sense of nightmares, or wondered how others have managed to do so, then this book is for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rio on April 11, 2013
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bought the book for a research paper and my girlfriend suffers from it and it had a lot of good insights into Sleep Paralysis,
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Willie Smith on August 3, 2013
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Adler's book was really a more scientific and thorough discussion of the problem of sleep paralysis than was Michael Beloved's Hindu garbage.
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