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From The CriticsReviewer: Howard M. Kravitz, DO, MPH(Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is an updated and expanded edition of a major textbook of sleep medicine, first published in 1989. Its 16 sections comprise two major parts, normal sleep and abnormal sleep (i.e., disorders of sleep).
Purpose: The purpose of this new edition is to provide a text that reflects changes that have occurred in the knowledge base in sleep medicine and related developments in diagnostic and therapeutic practices. This worthy objective was not uniformly met; a number of chapters provided minimal evidence of real substantive change.
Audience: The primary audience is any medical specialist who has an interest in sleep disorders. The first part of the book reviews normal sleep and covers the basic science of sleep for the clinician whose medical education was deficient in these areas or whose past knowledge has become outdated. The second part covers diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of sleep problems that clinicians are likely to see regardless of their specialty. Though the book is aimed at and written by specialists (a veritable who's who in sleep medicine), the material definitely is accessible to primary care physicians.
Features: This is a very readable and well-illustrated text. The print quality of the figure legends is improved from the first edition. Chapter references indicate inconsistent updating; some chapters show comparatively few references from the l990s, and others have been extensively revised and expanded. Notable updates include new chapters on dental appliances for snoring and sleep apnea (excellent quality photos and tables), epidemiology, the new classification system, and a new section on psychiatric disorders; pediatric sleep disorders will be covered in a companion volume.
Assessment: This updated book remains an excellent reference source as well as a primary text. Its major audience will be sleep medicine specialists. Its cost may be a deterrent. Libraries should definitely carry it as a reference volume, and bookstores should carry it.