Medicine: O Mattress Mine

A "peripatetic correspondent" of the staid British medical paper, The Lancet, contributed to the current issue a clinical report on an unclinical subject: lying in bed. Said he:

"The first essential is to get out of one's head the modern and materialistic idea that the object of lying in bed is to sleep ... [it is] to enjoy oneself, and it is no more than a fortunate accident that good sleeping and waking happen to contribute to the main object. . . . Similarly, one's object in designing the . . . bedroom must be not ... to provide a...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!