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Concise, readable, and hits all the main points
on October 28, 2011
I work in pediatric research, and have found this book to be incredibly valuable. It does a great job explaining the science behind pediatric sleep -- sleep architecture, the neuroendocrine regulation of sleep, how neuroanatomy plays in, etc. It also goes through common childhood and adolescent sleep problems, including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for each. And all of the information in the book is broken down by different developmental stages -- going through the differences between infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, and adolescents. The book manages to be clear and concise without being dumbed down, but it is still accessible enough that I can hand it to my new research assistants to read for a general overview of the field. I think the book would be especially useful for pediatric primary care providers -- both the book itself and the patient handouts and questionnaires you can access online (using the code inside the book) include some great clinical tools.
As another reviewer noted below, there are some hiccups here and there in the index, where it seems to refer to non-existent pages. However, with the book you also get access to a full web-based version of the book online -- and being able to keyword search on that is far better than any index, at least for me. Especially since I loan this book out to staff and colleagues so often, it is great to also have access to the web ebook version.