Abstract and Keywords
Development of pediatric and adolescent sleep medicine parallels the development of pediatric health care in the United States. Historical development of health care for children, as well as development of sleep medicine as a necessary and important medical discipline for adults, provides insight into the current position of pediatric and adolescent sleep medicine and future directions for clinical practice and research. An understanding of the evolution of sleep medicine into a clinical and research discipline will create important perspective. Juxtaposition of disciplines will sensitize the reader to the need for state-of-the-art evaluation of sleep and its pathologies seen in infants, children, and adolescents.
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