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The Use and Misuse of Sleeping Pills. A Clinical Guide.

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By Mendelson Wallace B.. . 220 pages. Plenum Medical Book Company; , New York and London: , 1980.. Price, $22.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(4):647. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-93-4-647_2
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In 1979 an Institute of Medicine report, Sleeping Pills, Insomnia, and Medical Practice, expressed grave concern over the manner in which hypnotics are promoted and prescribed. One of the technical consultants to that project has now written his own book, dealing further with the same subject. Dr. Mendelson is concerned with drugs as hypnotics; thus, "hypnotic dependence," in the chapter of that title, refers to prolonged use of sleeping pills (either in recommended or inappropriately large dosage), not to the widespread use of short-acting barbiturates as "street drugs." Nor are the sections on sleep physiology, basic pharmacology, or treatment of


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