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March 2004

Review of Sleep Medicine

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Arch Neurol. 2004;61(3):442-443. doi:10.1001/archneur.61.3.442-b

edited by Teri J. Bowman, MD, 475 pp, $64.95, ISBN 0-7506-7392-3, Burlington, Mass, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2003.

This is a multiauthored book designed to serve as a review of sleep medicine topics, especially in preparation for the American Board of Sleep Medicine examination. It is not a comprehensive review of the subject; in fact, the editing author says as much in the preface.

The book is divided into 3 sections. The first section, "Highlights of Sleep Medicine," is dedicated to a brief review of various sleep medicine topics. It has 7 chapters covering synopsis of sleep, basic neuroscience, sleep physiology, insomnia, excessive sleepiness, effects of medications on sleep, and an overview of polysomnographic techniques. Disorders of circadian rhythm are briefly covered in the chapters on insomnia and excessive sleepiness but with no mention of genetic studies in circadian rhythms. There is limited coverage of restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement disorders in the chapter on neuroscience and again in the chapters on insomnia and excessive sleepiness. There is brief coverage of parasomnias in the chapter on insomnia and inadequate coverage of obstructive sleep apnea. The information on these key sleep medicine topics is brief and introductory. The chapter on tabulation of effects of medications on sleep, though, is useful.

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