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August 23, 1995


Author Affiliations

Stanford University Medical Center Stanford, Calif

JAMA. 1995;274(8):658. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530080074048

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Reading this 702-page manual, one will immediately recognize the editor's expertise in neurophysiology. The first part of the book, dedicated to physiology, calls upon the collaboration of well-known researchers from both sides of the Atlantic and is a good review of basic research on sleep and sleep mechanisms. The chapter on circadian rhythms, for example, by Richard Kronauer, is an excellent introduction for people who want to gain a solid background before reading the latest research on the subject in their monthly periodicals.

The second part of the book, dedicated to pathology and sleep disorders, is more chaotic, mixing some excellent chapters with others that are below par. A possible cause of the latter is that the chapters may have been written in 1991 or early 1992, and delays in publication may have quickly outdated them. In other instances, chapters are limited by too narrow a review of the world

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