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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: M. Isabel L. Crisostomo, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This concise, focused, practical reference provides essential information in sleep medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a multimedia resource on the evaluation and management of sleep disorders. The book uses a clinical and focused format with an emphasis on practical information and includes interpretation of sleep studies using the updated American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) criteria.
Audience: The primary audience is clinicians interested in the field of sleep medicine. The book is written so that a person without knowledge of sleep medicine would be able to read it in its entirety. With its clinical focus, the book will be useful to trainees in the field of sleep medicine such as medical students, residents, or sleep fellows. It also will serve as a valuable clinical resource for physicians in specialties associated with sleep medicine such as pulmonary medicine, neurology, psychiatry, pediatrics and ENT, obstetrics and women's health, endocrinology, and cardiology. It also can be useful also for reviewing for certification for sleep medicine.
Features: The first chapters that cover sleep physiology are interspersed with the various parameters monitored in a sleep study. Later chapters discuss various sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, sleep and obstructive lung disease, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, hypersomnia, insomnia, circadian rhythm sleep disorder, nocturnal epilepsy, parasomnias, sleep and psychiatry, sleep and other medical disorders, and neurological disorders and sleep. Each chapter begins with a highlighted box listing the chapter key points and includes numerous boxes listing diagnostic criteria of disorders, tables to organize the information, and a reference list. Some chapters include clinical review questions, and several chapters have helpful appendixes, such as practice parameters for APAP, CPAP, and BiPAP and medical insurance coverage for CPAP and/or respiratory assist devices after the chapter on positive airway pressure. It would have been helpful if these appendixes were listed in a table of contents. The book ends with a helpful glossary and index. The book also comes with access to an online site with additional illustrations, video clips, case studies, and excerpts of polysomnograms.
Assessment: This is a noteworthy contribution to the field of sleep medicine. It is a handy, concise, and practical guide to sleep disorders for clinicians interested in sleep medicine.