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WAO Medical Book Review

Posted: February 2010

Handbook of Sleep Disorders
Second Edition, Neurological Disease and Therapy
Edited by Clete A. Kushida

Publisher: 2008 Informa Healthcare
ISBN-10: 0849373190
ISBN-13: 978-0849373190
List Price: $303 USD, Hardcover
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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 Handbook of Sleep Disorders, in its second edition, provides a comprehensive and well-organized guide to the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of sleep disorders. Each of the more than 80 international contributors is an expert in the field of sleep medicine. This new edition is supported by tables and figures throughout each chapter and provides an easy and quick reference for the clinician to read about the best practices to diagnosis and manage sleep disorders.

The Handbook is designed to aid clinicians in the recognition and treatment of sleep disorders.

This book is intended for use by sleep professionals and physicians treating patients with sleep disorders. Students and trainees, in particular medical students, residents and fellows, would benefit as well by reading this text.

The chapters of the Handbook cover the major categories of sleep disorders: insomnia, circadian rhythm, hypersomnias, sleep-related breathing disorders, parasomnias, sleep-related movement disorders and sleep problems associated with other disorders. Each chapter and the topics reviewed consistently follow a specific order and structure enabling the reader to quickly access the information about a given sleep disorder without necessarily having to refer to the table of contents.

This Handbook can be conveniently carried as a ready reference to aid a clinician to recognize and treat sleep disorders. A typical scenario for its use would be a case in which a physician, who in the course of evaluating a patient with a sleep complaint, needs a quick reference to make sure the diagnostic plan is reasonable and consistent with the standard-of-care. Most chapters also include tables and algorithms to aid in the discussion and understanding of the material covered in the text.