Medicine: The Dangers of Sleeplessness

During the quietest hours one night at Salt Lake County General Hospital, a University of Utah medical student noticed that the floor tiles seemed to be pulsating and growing alternately lighter and darker. A colleague saw the head of a grey-haired woman sticking out of the doorway of an all-male ward. A third saw smoke coming from the linoleum floor, and as he watched, it turned into a fine spray of water. Another saw a roll of luminous chicken wire on the floor, but it disappeared as he walked through it. Several heard voices from afar.

Although they were in a psychiatric...

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