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Book and Media Reviews
December 21, 2011

Acute and Emergent Events in Sleep Disorders

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Stanford University Sleep Medicine Division, Stanford Outpatient Center, Redwood City, California (Drs Ruoff and Guilleminault) (cguil@leland.stanford.edu).

JAMA. 2011;306(23):2620-2621. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1847

In Acute and Emergent Events in Sleep Disorders, authors Sudhansu Chokroverty and Pradee Sahota engage readers through descriptions of acute events occurring during sleep that may at times present life-threatening situations. They then delve into a discussion of each sleep disorder, highlighting treatment options when appropriate.

The book is divided into 30 chapters authored by recognized specialists and includes an exceptionally exhaustive index. Two chapters are devoted to children and elderly persons. An entire chapter is devoted to each neurologic disorder, including stroke; headache; seizure, neuromuscular, neurodegenerative, and movement disorders; restless leg and periodic limb movement disorders; and narcolepsy. The psychiatry chapter addresses all of the major mental health disorders, including adverse effects of psychiatric medications and substances of abuse. Adverse effects of medications are revisited in the chapter on insomnia. Problems related to circadian rhythm misalignment are hastily discussed, despite the fact that 1 of 4 individuals in the work force is a shift worker. However, the consequences of sleep restriction and deprivation in the work force, including medical personnel, are properly outlined, with management options.

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