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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michiel J. Bové, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive, multiauthored and multidisciplinary textbook covering the full range of laryngology, including both the scientific foundations and the clinical application.
Purpose: This book provides the reader with an up-to-date overview of the basic science, diagnosis, and treatment of voice and laryngologic disorders. It is also intended to stimulate current thought and research in the diverse fields of voice.
Audience: The intended audience includes the various professionals caring for patients with voice and laryngologic issues, including otolaryngologists, speech-language pathologists, voice and singing pedagogues, and students of each of these groups.
Features: Now in its third edition, this book maintains the format of the previous two editions and continues to provide a comprehensive and well illustrated overview of the field of laryngology. Its 48 chapters are divided into three broad units covering basic science, clinical assessment, and management. Some 75 authors have contributed to this edition, the names of most of which should be familiar to any reader with even a passing familiarity with the subject matter. Chapters have been updated from the previous edition - published a mere three years earlier - as warranted by recent advances in the field. To this end, while some chapters have undergone few changes from the previous edition (see Henick's Laryngeal Development), others have been substantially updated (see Laitman et al.'s Formation of the Larynx: From Hox Genes to Critical Periods). Similarly, Woodson's chapter on research in laryngology has been updated to reflect the latest perspective on upcoming trends. Several chapters are entirely new to the third edition. These include The Neurology of Stuttering, Transnasal Esophagoscopy, Corticosteroid Use in Otolaryngology and Management of Adult Onset Subglottic and Tracheal Stenosis. Nearly all aspects of the specialty are addressed separately, including some that are rarely touched upon in similar books. Included, for instance, is a chapter devoted to the nonlinear basis of dynamic voice disorders.
Assessment: This book provides a comprehensive, well written overview of modern laryngology in language that remains accessible to an interdisciplinary readership. It would serve well as an updated reference for nearly any professional serving the voice needs of patients.