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WAO Medical Book Review

Posted: January 2010

Sleep and Breathing in Children: Developmental Changes in Breathing during Sleep
Second Edition (Lung Biology in Health and Disease)

Edited by Carole L. Marcus, John L Carroll, David F. Donnelly, and Gerald M. Loughlin
Informa Healthcare 2008
ISBN: 1420060821
List Price: $199.95
Available at: Amazon

Michel Alkhalil, MD
First Year Fellow in Allergy and Immunology
Division of Allergy and Immunology
Department of Internal Medicine
University of South Florida College of Medicine
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital
Tampa, Florida USA

The series of monographs, Lung Biology in Health and Disease, introduces Sleep in Children: Developmental Changes in Sleep Patterns, in its second edition. The current edition is in two volumes; one focuses on sleep alone and the other on breathing during sleep. The two volumes are synergistic, and the chapters are authored by an international group of outstanding scientists providing a comprehensive review on the current knowledge of pediatric sleep medicine.

As a handbook, Sleep in Children is designed to aid the clinician in the recognition and treatment of childhood sleep disorders.

The handbook is intended for use by every sleep professional and any physician treating children with sleep disorders. Students and trainees, in particular medical students, residents, and fellows interested in pediatric sleep medicine, would benefit by reading this text.

The chapters of the book explore normal changes in sleep during pediatric development, and they examine important behavioral aspects of sleep, cultural effects on sleep, and non-respiratory sleep-related disorders. It also includes a section devoted to new techniques that are currently being used in sleep-related research, discusses the current research within the field of pediatric sleep disorders, and outlines a future framework for the development and study of childhood sleep disorders.

Pediatric sleep medicine is new field of study, but it is an integral part of pediatric care. The book contains many chapters authored by experts on the subject and reviews important information related to pediatric sleep medicine. This reviewer recommends it for pediatricians, sleep medicine specialists, health professionals dealing with children, and medical students rotating through pediatrics.