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Book and Media Reviews
November 4, 2009

Sleep Apnea and Snoring: Surgical and Non-Surgical Therapy

JAMA. 2009;302(17):1909-1914. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1599

Despite its title, Sleep Apnea and Snoring: Surgical and Non-surgical Therapy is actually a book about the surgical treatment of obstructive sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), a gamut of disorders of inspiratory airflow resistance during sleep, including snoring, apneas, hypopneas, and upper airway resistance syndrome. With a few notable exceptions, the contributors are otolaryngologists, and more than 80% of the book's content addresses issues related to the surgical treatment of SDB. That said, it is a commendable effort to summarize, in a single, well-organized volume, what is currently known about the surgical treatment of SDB. In the foreword, Tucker Woodson sets the stage for what is mostly a refreshing glimpse of frank reality about the role of surgery for sleep apnea, stating that “Currently, the opportunities to cure or prevent disease are infrequent. More commonly, surgery is to salvage after medical treatment failure and acts as ancillary treatment to improve outcomes with other therapy.”

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