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Ask the Expert: Disorders of Sleep
Milton K. Erman, M.D.
FOCUS 2014;12:54-55. doi:10.1176/appi.focus.12.1.54
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Milton K. Erman, M.D., Voluntary Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, and a member of the Pacific Sleep Medicine Medical Group. e-mail: erman@pacificsleepmedicine.net

Dr. Erman reports no competing interests.

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“My patient is interested in natural products for treating insomnia. Are there any, and do they work?” 

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