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Book Reviews
January 1999

Sleep Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment

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edited by J. Steven Poceta, Merrill M. Mitler, 232 pp, $79.50, Totowa, NJ, Humana Press, 1998.

Arch Neurol. 1999;56(1):121-122. doi:

This slim volume, one in a series called "Current Clinical Practice," is a leading candidate for the physician who wants one book on sleep disorders. Not written for the sleep specialist or lay public, it is a straightforward and comprehensive review of what is required to diagnose and treat most sleep disorders.

Sleep disorders centers have proliferated in the last decade, a virtual cottage industry, ignited by the ability to diagnose sleep disorders by recording multiple parameters during sleep. The emphasis on sleep recordings is peripheral to the basic medical need of most patients. Thinking about sleep while conducting an initial office visit and taking a sleep history would be of more benefit to those with disordered sleep, as this subject is ignored by most patients. Knowledge by the primary care physician is the core of sleep disorders medicine.