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  Published: 28/03/2018

   
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ABOUT THORACIC & SLEEP MEDICINE


Thoracic medicine is concerned with the respiratory system, which includes the upper airway, the lung, the chest wall and ventilatory control system. The specialty employs diagnostic techniques, tests and procedures to assess and treat a wide range of conditions and diseases that affect the respiratory system 1. Sleep medicine is an integral part of thoracic medicine and is an ever-expanding field that comprises sleep breathing disorders, disorders of daytime somnolence, insomnias, parasomnias, and neurological and psychiatric disorders affecting sleep. An increasing number of thoracic physicians work in the area of sleep medicine.

 
1 Requirements for Physician Training (Adult Medicine, New Zealand), RACP, 2000-2001, 147