Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
Every medical specialty needs standard reference textbooks, resources to which students, residents, fellows, specialists, researchers, and other interested practitioners may turn for reliable information. In its field Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine is such a text.
The preface to the first edition, published in 1989, describes the discipline of sleep medicine as in its infancy. That text brought together authors from all the various specialties of medicine and research dealing with sleep, who, in summarizing the information in their fields, produced a comprehensive review of sleep science and patient care. Over the ensuing 11 years, information in the basic sciences of sleep physiology, anatomy, and neurochemistry, and understanding of sleep disorders and available treatment options have increased in an explosive fashion. At the same time, the number of physicians devoting a significant part of their professional time to sleep medicine has increased in an exponential way. The second (1994) and now third editions have effectively continued the tasks of updating and synthesizing this mushrooming fund of knowledge and presenting it in a concise manner for sleep clinicians, sleep researchers, and other health professionals interested in sleep and sleep disorders.
Sleep MedicinePrinciples and Practice of Sleep Medicine. JAMA. 2001;285(8):1074-1075. doi:10.1001/jama.285.8.1074-JBK0228-3-1