An enormous amount of information has been gathered in the last 25 years on maturational aspects of sleep and respiratory control. This book represents the first attempt to compile this vast, and sometimes overwhelming, information into a readable, integrative format likely to be attractive to both clinicians and investigators in the field. With this purpose in mind, the editors recruited an impressive group of clinical and laboratory scientists, and the product of their work is a well-organized presentation of the various facets of pediatric control of breathing that is comprehensive overall.
The book is divided into four major parts and 27 chapters. The first part is devoted to basic neurophysiology, respiratory mechanics, control of breathing during the transition from fetal to newborn life, thermoregulation, and sleep architecture. The second part includes a description of the various available methods for assessment of respiratory control in the pediatric age group. An important