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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: M. Isabel L. Crisostomo, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This handy reference provides an approach to the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of patients with sleep disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to present in a comprehensive and concise format the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of common sleep problems. The book is not intended to replace exhaustive references, but is designed to serve as a portable source of information for clinicians or laypersons.
Audience: It is intended for all clinicians involved in the care of patients with sleep disorders such as physicians, psychologists, nurses, or trainees. It is also written to be useful to patients with sleep disorders and their families. The authors are authorities in the field of sleep medicine.
Features: Each of the 13 chapters includes a concise section highlighting the pearls of the topic and a bibliography. The first chapter is an overview of sleep medicine and another chapter deals extensively with sleep physiology and pathology. Thereafter, chapters are devoted to common sleep disorders such as insomnia, circadian disorders, hypersomnias, parasomnias, medical disorders associated with sleep issues, psychiatric disorders, sleep-related breathing disorders, sleep problems in children, women, and older adults, and, finally a chapter on drugs and medication issues in sleep medicine. Two appendixes compare the various evolutions of the classification of sleep disorders and contain a list of useful patient handouts.
Assessment: This book significantly adds to the field of sleep medicine by providing in a concise and portable format a comprehensive reference on the approach to patients with common sleep disorders. It is the first edition under the current Clinical Manual Series, but is an outgrowth of three prior editions entitled Concise Guide to the Evaluation and Management of Sleep Disorders. Given the developments in the field, such as the new classification of sleep disorders, as well as advances in knowledge of sleep disorders and its therapy, this new book is a worthy addition.