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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel Loiterstein, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The American Psychiatric Press has published The Annual Review of Psychiatry for nearly 25 years and the 2005 series reviews four topics, including the topic of this book, sleep disorders. For multiple reasons, 2005 will be the final year of publication.
Purpose: This is a comprehensive review of sleep disorders, with the addition of recent findings. Sleep medicine is a rapidly evolving field and multiple medical disciplines contribute to its knowledge base. This volume reviews literature from several sources for an audience with a primary psychiatric background.
Audience: The audience is primarily psychiatrists with an interest in updating their knowledge and understanding of sleep medicine. The book would be very useful to practitioners in many academic and clinical settings. The authors are among the foremost psychiatric authorities on sleep.
Features: A comprehensive review of sleep is provided by the editor in the first chapter. The balance of the book provides a complete and understandable review of the most common sleep disorders. These include: insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, parasomnias, and circadian rhythm sleep disorders. Tables and pictures are generously used. Indexes at the end of each chapter note important references from the primary literature.
Assessment: This is one of many relevant topics that have been updated in the Review of Psychiatry series. This volume is lucid and complete. It is an excellent addition to the library of psychiatrists needing a reference or update of sleep medicine.