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Book and Media Reviews
March 15, 2006

Sleep Medicine

JAMA. 2006;295(11):1313-1318. doi:10.1001/jama.295.11.1315

Sleep medicine is a multidisciplinary field that has blossomed over the last few decades, and the fourth edition of Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine is testament to that remarkable growth. First published in 1989, Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine in its new edition is more than a textbook—it is an experience. The online version is replete with opportunities to review virtually any aspect of the field.

The fourth edition has been extensively updated with many noticeable changes. The 1517-page text is expanded in length and depth and has 173 contributors, 15 new chapters, and two new sections. The text remains divided into two parts, the first dedicated to the basic science of sleep medicine and the second to clinical aspects. Two new features include an introductory abstract to each chapter and a “Clinical Pearl,” which concludes each chapter in a clearly visible box. This edition also introduces shades of blue to enhance the figures and tables.

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