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From The CriticsReviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This is a comprehensive examination of a wide range of sleep disorders, their etiology, and their treatment.
Purpose: The authors' purpose is to provide a current and clinically relevant reference for all practitioners involved in sleep medicine. The book meets the authors' worthy objectives.
Audience: It is written for any practitioner from physicians to respiratory therapists involved in treating sleep disorders, according to the authors. The primary target seems to be non-sleep specialist physicians. The author is a credible authority on the subject.
Features: The book begins with the basics of sleep biology and architecture. It then reviews the sleep disorders and their treatments. It covers a range of issues from sleepiness/sleeplessness evaluations to parasomnias and circadian rhythm disorders. A good algorithm for evaluating insomnia and treating it is presented. There are practical suggestions for treatment and evaluation including sleep logs and screening questionnaires. The book also reviews a long list of medical and psychiatric illnesses that impact sleep.
Assessment: This is extremely useful as a reference in the office. It provides practical information on the evaluation and treatment of almost any sleep complaint as well as noting when referral is necessary. The review of sleep biology is comprehensive without being overly technical. The discussion of sleep and medical/psychiatric illnesses is also helpful, but there seems to be too much text devoted to obstructive sleep apnea. The appendix does provide good reference for sleep disorder questionnaires for both adults and children. Overall, a good book to have available if you see patients with sleep problems.