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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Inna Athar Husain, M.D.(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This how-to manual for different applications of Botox in the head and neck region includes online video demonstrations to accompany the text and illustrations/photos.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce techniques for using Botox in the head and neck region. This is a worthy objective because Botox is a minimally invasive treatment that is being used with increasing frequency in the outpatient setting.
Audience: The book is written for general otolaryngologists or residents in otolaryngology who may be interested in incorporating the use of Botox into their practice.
Features: It addresses the different uses for Botox, such as in the treatment of various head and neck dystonias, including spasmodic dystonia and facial dystonia, other motor disorders such as esophageal spasm or hyperfunctioning facial lines, pain syndromes such as migraines, and autonomic disorders such as sialorrhea. The book does a good job of organizing the sections with easy-to-follow text, a good mixture of illustrations with real-life photos, and online video resources. One shortcoming is that it does not provide any evidence-based literature to support the different techniques.
Assessment: This is a good resource for general otolaryngologists or otolaryngology residents. Chapters are well organized with excellent and helpful illustrations, photos, and diagrams and supplemented by videos that can be viewed online.