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Book and Media Reviews
February 16, 2011

Sleep Medicine

JAMA. 2011;305(7):720-721. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.150

One of the most enjoyable aspects of practicing sleep medicine, aside from helping patients overcome problems that significantly affect their quality of life, is its interdisciplinary nature. Because sleep medicine is a relatively new field, it has attracted practitioners from a variety of specialties: pediatrics, internal medicine, pulmonology, psychiatry, psychology, otolaryngology, neurology, maxillofacial surgery, and dentistry. In each of these disciplines, patients and their conditions are approached from different angles, and using the varying perspectives on how to diagnose and treat the different disorders not only reveals what may have been overlooked but also complements and enriches the treatments prescribed. This is what makes sleep medicine conferences so interesting: one learns of advances in the field as well as new ways of approaching old problems.