Sleep Deprivation: Basic Science, Physiology, and Behavior edited by Clete A. Kushida, 527 pages, $200, ISBN 0-8247-5949-4, New York, NY, Marcel Dekker Inc, 2004.
Sleep Deprivation: Clinical Issues, Pharmacology, and Sleep Loss Effects edited by Clete A. Kushida, MD, 589 pages, $200, ISBN 0-8247-2094-6, New York, NY, Marcel Dekker Inc, 2004.
This 2-volume set is part of the ongoing series Lung Biology in Health and Disease. The fact that the topic is sleepiness and sleep deprivation (not sleep apnea) speaks to the growing importance and interdisciplinary nature of sleep medicine. Researchers, clinicians, and patients in virtually all specialties are touched by sleep deprivation and sleep disorders. Dr Kushida has done a spectacular job of enlisting an international group of contributing authors with both basic science and clinical expertise in the causes and consequences of sleep deprivation and its individual and societal consequences.