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Library Journal
It is hard to determine the target audience for this bulky and expensive reference work; the 800 alphabetically arranged entries range from ordinary terms--``accident,'' ``evening shift''--to technical jargon--``terrifying hypnagogic hallucinations'' (found under ``T''!). Many terms appear under ``sleep'' or ``sleep-related,'' which seems redundant in a reference on sleep. Coverage is erratic--why include Parkinson's disease, but omit epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, neurology, and even autonomic nervous system? The two long introductory essays on history and psychology of sleep are unfocused and rambling and add little to the usefulness of the encyclopedia. A better bet for public libraries is Peter Hauri and Shirley Linde's lay guide No More Sleepless Nights ( LJ 5/1/90).-- Evelyn L. Mott, Palm Beach Cty. Lib., West Palm Beach, Fla.
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YA-- This excellent source on a topic that affects everyone is readable, well designed informative. Its utility as a research source, as well as its value as general interest reading, insures that it will be a frequently requested book. In addition to the well-written and clearly cited source entries, Thorpy includes excellent essay histories of sleep as a field of study. He also provides information on centers for the study of sleep and international sleep disorder classifications. A book for natural and behavioral science students.
For lay readers and health care providers, information about common and more obscure sleep-related disorders. It includes descriptions of prescription medications and home remedies as well as case histories of sleep problems such as insomnia, anxiety disorders, narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, and sleep terrors. The second edition adds and revises a number of entries to reflect new research, terms, drugs, and procedures as well as advancements in the treatment of sleep apnea, narcolepsy, fatigue, and other disorders. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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