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Fundamentals of Sleep Medicine
Author: Richard B. Berry, MD
Pages:  661  Hard Cover with Expert Consult full searchable online text
ISBN 13:
Saunders/ Elsevier   2012
List Price:  $99.00

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    Fundamentals of Sleep Medicine, one of the newest additions to the sleep medicine literature, outlines the “need to know” information from this maturing field of clinical medicine in a format suitable for the novice reader.  Much of the literature in this area is geared toward those with familiarity in EEG interpretation and technical aspects of respiratory and neurophysiology.  Unfortunately, this makes the primary care physician, who is likely to see increasingly significant numbers of patients with disordered sleep, less likely to delve further into the advances in this important area.  The need for this type of book which both educates on the basic facts of the field while relaying the most up to date guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is well overdue.

     The reader is given a comprehensive survey of each aspect of sleep medicine in a volume which is relatively approachable in length.  Many motivated non-specialists may wish to read the entire book cover to cover, while others could profitably choose among the chapters on disorders for a brief synopsis of their condition of interest.  Regardless of which group a particular reader falls within, to get the most benefit from the book, it would be recommended to read the first 9 chapters (140 pages) which contain information with which the non-specialist would be least knowledgeable about.  These chapters include high yield descriptions of the monitoring systems and other special technologies which are essential to the ability to integrate results with clinical conditions of the patients.  This group of chapters also includes an appropriately detailed chapter on our current understanding of the neurobiology of sleep with the most important neurotransmitters and neuroanatomical structures highlighted.  Additional online content also exists with a short library of video examples of patients displaying several different types of disorders.

   The level of writing is most suitable to a resident or attending physician.  The tabular organization of diagnostic guidelines is a useful feature which pulls out many of the most practical points from the AASM manual.  Figures and illustrations are plentiful in the crucial points of EEG analysis and cardiac monitoring and support the text well.    Overall, this is a highly informative book which introduces a complex subject to a broad audience of medical professionals.  For all those health professionals interested in sleep medicine, this is an excellent primer.  It may also serve those intending to take the sleep medicine specialty board examination as a source of rapid review of the main points tested.


Description (From Publisher):

Written by Richard Berry, MD, Fundamentals of Sleep Medicine is a brand-new multimedia resource that provides a concise, clinically focused alternative to larger sleep medicine references. Get everything you need to know about the evaluation and management of sleep disorders, including the interpretation of sleep studies and the use of the newly overhauled AASM scoring criteria. Coverage of physiology is limited to what is necessary for clinical decision making. Reference is a snap due to the book's logical, user-friendly format and online features which include the full text and illustrations, numerous video clips, selected case studies, and enhanced sleep tracings.

(From Back Cover):

Get everything you need to know about the evaluation and management of sleep disorders, including the interpretation of sleep sudies, the use of the American Academy of Slep Medicine (AASM) scoring criteria, and diagnosis based on the International Classification of Sleep Disorders, Second Edition.  Benefit from the author's 25 years of clinical exsperience taking care of patients with sleep disorders: Dr. Berry was awarded the 2010 AASM Excellence in Education award and is an experienced educator in the field of sleep medicine.

  • Spend less time searching thanks to a more clinically focused, user-friendly format that concentrates on the "fundamentals: of sleep medicine.
  • Zero in on the practical, "hands-on" information you need, including how to interpret sleep studies
  • Access to full contents online at expertconsult.com and also receive additional illustrations, numerous video clips (parasomnias, leg kicks, and more), case studies, and enhanced sleep tracings (showing detailed EEG and respiratory patterns of interest).
  • Get clear, visual guidance on the new AASM scoring rules for sleep staging and scoring respiratory events with many examples.  Numerous graphics are used to explain basic physiologic principles and technology relevant to sleep monitoring.


Table of Contents:

1 Sleep Stages and Basic Sleep Monitoring
2 Technology of Sleep Monitoring
3 Scoring Sleep Stages and Arousals in Adults
4 Biocalibration, Artifacts, and Common Variants of Sleep
5 Scoring Sleep stages and Arousals in Children
6 Sleep Architecture Parameters and Normative Data
7 Monitoring Respiration - Technology and Techniques
8 Monitoring Respiration - Event Definitions and Examples
9 Cardiac Monitoring and Scoring Rules
10 Monitoring of Sleep Related Movements
11 Portable monitoring, Actigraphy, Sleep Diary, pH Monitoring
12 MSLT and MWT
13 Case Studies in use of the MSLT
14 Evaluation of the Sleepy Patient
15 Sleep and Respiratory physiology
16 Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults
17 PAP treatment of OSA
18 Non-PAP treatment of OSA
19 Central Sleep Apnea
20 Complex Sleep Apnea and Hypoventilation Syndromes
21 Sleep and Chronic Lung Disease
22 Neurobiology of Sleep
23 Hypersomnias of Central Origin
24 Sleep Related Movement Disorders
25 Evaluation of the Patient with Insomnia
26 Insomnias
27 Behavioral Sleep Disorders of Children
28 Circadian Rhythm Physiology
29 Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
30 Clinical EEG and video EEG
31 Parasomnias
32 Care Studies in Parasomnias
33 Sleep Related Epilepsy
34 Sleep and Psychiatric and Behavioral Disorders
35 Sleep and GI physiology and associated Disorders
36 Sleep and Endocrine physiology
37 Sleep and Medical Conditions
38 Sleep and Neurological Conditions
39 Glossary



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