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Book Reviews
January 1998

Clinical Handbook of Sleep Disorders

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by Antonio Culebras, MD, 524 pp, $47.50, Woburn, Mass, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996.

Arch Neurol. 1998;55(1):124. doi:

The Clinical Handbook of Sleep Disorders published a year ago is a recent contribution to the literature concerned with sleep medicine. In contrast to other multiauthored as well as multiedited texts, Culebras has written most of this work. The handbook reflects his long-standing interest in sleep and is based on his practical experience directing a sleep unit.

The text is organized into 15 chapters and commences with an introductory historical review. This is followed by consideration of sleep biology and includes relevant neuroanatomy and physiology. In addition, in this chapter chronobiology, ontogeny, and phylogeny of sleep and sleep function are addressed. An all-inclusive chapter deals with sleep disorders, their manifestation, and their classification. Moreover, the techniques of polysomnography and the interpretation of these studies are succinctly described. A well-prepared glossary nicely supplements this chapter and others in the text.

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