Aimed at a broad audience of students, professionals, and general readers, this text provides an introduction to the study of sleep, dreaming, and sleep disorders. In the prologue, Moorcroft (Luther College) uses a conversational style to describe how sleep is studied in a modern sleep laboratory. He then goes on to discuss such topics as the effects of sleep deprivation, the major theories about dreaming, and the functions of REM sleep and dreaming. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Reviewer:Janet M. Dunn, MD(Rush University Medical Center)
Description:This college course book covers both the generalities and specifics of sleep in a way that holds the reader's attention.
Purpose:The goal of helping a novice learn about the many aspects of sleep is met is a non-threatening fashion. Given the newer ideas and understanding in the field, this book is a good tool for those learning about the subject of sleep.
Audience:College students with no previous sleep education are the chosen audience of this publication. However; it could also prove useful for medical students, residents and nurse practitioner students as well. The author is a PhD in the field with other books and papers on sleep to his credit.
Features:This book covers sleep from the basic to the more technical features in a manner that is easy to digest. A nice balance is achieved between the more concrete scientific features and the historical aspects of sleep. The addition of cultural trends and psychoanalytic theory is welcome. Highlighted boxes sprinkled throughout the book present easy-to-digest pearls on particular topics.
Assessment:It is a solid book in both content and structure. I found this book to be both well-written and occasionally entertaining.