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Handbook of Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 18 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1649
  1. N J Douglas

    J R Stradling Oxford University Press, £40, pp 296 ISBN 0-19-261834-2

    The Handbook of Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders is primarily an account of the sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome, also known as the obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome. Starting with an excellent review of sleep physiology - which confirms how little is known about why we sleep - and of the effect of sleep on breathing in normal subjects, it then discusses mechanisms, clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment of the sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome. The balance between pharyngeal dilator muscle action …

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