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Dr. William Broughton, professor of internal medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and a pulmonologist board-certified in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine with USA Physicians Group, recently presented "Sleepwalking Through the Ages: Medicine, Art, Law and Culture,” at the 40th annual Southern Sleep Society meeting in Hilton Head, S.C.
The annual Southern Sleep Society meeting is the oldest regional sleep conference in the country, offering updates on the latest technological advances in sleep medicine and clinical research.
Dr. Broughton said sleep medicine is a very narrow field. “Having answers and reassurance for patients about obscure sleep-related questions is gratifying,” he said. “It is fulfilling to see patients of over 20 years in remarkably good health and still benefiting greatly from treatment.”
Dr. Broughton spoke as part of a mini-symposium on sleepwalking with Dr. Carlos Schenck, professor of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and researcher at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center in Minneapolis.
Dr. Broughton said he often presents at the annual meeting, as he has been involved with the Southern Sleep Society for more than 10 years. He is past-president of the organization, which marked its 40th meeting this year.
While president, Dr. Broughton concentrated on bringing presentations to the Southern Sleep Society from experts outside the rigid sleep medicine area including the subject of anthropology, the socio-literary aspects of sleep and other topics.
Dr. Broughton said he was introduced to sleep medicine through the late Dr. John Bass, one of the founding faculty members of the USA College of Medicine and one of Alabama’s most prolific medical educators. He went on to study sleep medicine through a long course at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.
To learn more about Southern Sleep Society, visit www.southernsleepsociety.org.
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