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Book and Media Reviews
April 18, 2007

Sleep: A Comprehensive Handbook

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2007;297(15):1717-1722. doi:10.1001/jama.297.15.1721

Sleep medicine is an evolving and growing field, because new contributions in basic science and clinical practice of sleep are occurring at a rapid pace. As we learn more about the health consequences and economic burden of sleep disorders, it has become increasingly important for clinicians to recognize and to treat sleep abnormalities in their patients. Although sleep disorders are common in the general population, education in the field of sleep medicine is sparse, comprising a small component of medical school and residency training. Sleep is only briefly mentioned in most primary care or subspecialty textbooks.1