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From The CriticsReviewer: Ruzica K. Ristanovic, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This long-awaited book on pharmacology of sleep incorporates the contributions of a variety of experts (neurologists, psychiatrists, pharmacologists, chronobiologists, and scientists), most from universities in Europe, with some from the U.S.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the state-of-the-art of the pharmacology of sleep. It is organized in three sections: (1) basic mechanisms of sleep and wakefulness; (2) basic pharmacology of neurotransmitters involved in sleep and wakefulness; and (3) clinical applications with a focus on the effects of drugs on sleep. Such a comprehensive review of the pharmacology of sleep enables clinicians to treat sleep disorders, and it also provides neuroscientists with important information. The book meets its overall objective.
Audience: Targeted especially for sleep disorder specialists and neuroscientists involved in sleep research, this book will be useful to other physicians (neurologists, psychiatrists) and fellows specializing in sleep medicine in a variety of settings. Contributors are credible in the subject matter. The editor, also contributor, is a recognized authority in the field.
Features: This book includes a reasonable number of tables and graphs. A rare chapter was underillustrated. The references are extensive and up-to-date. In-depth coverage of specific clinically important topics such as sleep disturbances as side effects of therapeutic drugs is especially useful for practicing physicians.
Assessment: This is a very useful book for sleep disorder specialists, neurologists, psychiatrists, and other physicians as well as neuroscientists involved in sleep research. It combines up-to-date information on fundamental mechanisms of sleep and wakefulness, pharmacology of neurotransmitters involved in regulation of states of vigilance, and clinical pharmacology of sleep (hypnotics, stimulants, other drugs, and sleep). This book fills the void and the educational needs of professionals in the field of sleep medicine and research.