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From The CriticsReviewer: M. Isabel L. Crisostomo, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a practical handbook on adult and pediatric sleep medicine.
Purpose: Intended as a resource for busy clinicians, it is a complementary handbook to the more comprehensive textbook by the same editor, Sleep: A Comprehensive Handbook (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006), but it can also stand alone as a portable reference or as a review for the sleep medicine board examinations.
Audience: Although targeted primarily at sleep clinicians as a portable reference, the book's comprehensive scope also makes it useful to students of sleep medicine and other healthcare professionals interested in the field. It can certainly be used as a material for review for the sleep medicine board examinations. The editor is a leading authority in the field.
Features: The 52 chapters cover essential topics in the field of sleep medicine including the physiology of sleep; insomnia, its causes, evaluation and treatment; disorders of excessive sleepiness including narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia, and posttraumatic and recurrent hypersomnia. There are ample chapters on sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and obesity hypoventilation as well as the consequences of obstructive sleep apnea and its treatment. Later on, circadian sleep disorders, jet lag, and shift work are discussed. Chapters are also devoted to REM sleep behavior disorder, disorders of arousal, and sleep in other medical and psychiatric disorders, as well as a discussion of pediatric sleep medicine, sleep in women, and sleep in the elderly. These chapters are notable for being organized in a logical manner and being quite readable, making this an ideal review book and a handy resource.
Assessment: This is a worthy contribution to the field of sleep medicine. In its concise, portable and very readable design, the book fulfills well its role of serving as a handy resource as well as a book that will be quite useful for preparing for the sleep medicine board examinations.