History of the development of sleep medicine in the United States.

John W. Shepard, Daniel J. Buysse, Andrew L. Chesson, William C. Dement, Rochelle Goldberg, Christian Guilleminault, Cameron D. Harris, Conrad Iber, Emmanuel Mignot, Merrill M. Mitler, Kent E. Moore, Barbara A. Phillips, Stuart F. Quan, Richard S. Rosenberg, Thomas Roth, Helmut S. Schmidt, Michael H. Silber, James K. Walsh, David P. White

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Sleep Medicine has only recently been recognized as a specialty of medicine. Its development is based on an increasing amount of knowledge concerning the physiology of sleep, circadian biology and the pathophysiology of sleep disorders. This review chronicles the major advances in sleep science over the past 70 years and the development of the primary organizations responsible for the emergence of Sleep Medicine as a specialty, sleep disorders as a public health concern and sleep science as an important area of research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-82
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 15 2005


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