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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel R. Bronfin, M.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This clinical book focuses on social and biological aspects of sleep and the most common sleep disorders in children and adolescents.
Purpose: The authors correctly state that this book is appropriate for all pediatric healthcare professionals. More comprehensive books are available for specialists in the field of sleep medicine; this book will be most useful to generalists who work directly with parents. The authors are certainly authorities in this growing field.
Audience: The authors correctly state that this book is appropriate for all pediatric health care professionals. More comprehensive texts are available to specialists within the field of sleep medicine; this book will be most useful to generalists who interface directly with parents. The authors are certainly authorities in this growing field.
Features: The authors begin with an overview of normal sleep in childhood. The second section includes individual chapters dedicated to specific sleep disorders with useful algorithms and tables. Subsequent chapters are devoted to the impact of medications on sleep, and sleep disorders in special pediatric populations, such as children with psychiatric disorders. Of particular value is the appendix which contains informational handouts, questionnaires, and sleep diaries for parents. A CD-ROM is included which allows easy replication of these valuable resources.
Assessment: This is a useful book for clinicians that provides authoritative information in a very accessible format. The well composed supplemental handout materials effectively assist the reader in transferring this information from book to bedside.