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From The CriticsReviewer: Jose Dutra, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This seventh edition was produced with the collaboration of 55 authors under the editorial leadership of Dr. K.J. Lee. This updated edition with 41 chapters, four less than the sixth edition published in 1995, still retains its conciseness and richness of content. It is well illustrated with several informative tables, line drawings, and graphs.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a guide for examination preparation and as a practical and concise reference text reflecting contemporary concepts in clinical otolaryngology.
Audience: This book targets senior medical students, residents, fellows, board-eligible otolaryngologists, and specialists in other fields. Although it does not intend to provide a comprehensive review of all aspects of otolaryngology, it is an outstanding reference for all otolaryngologists preparing for recertification or board exams.
Features: This new edition provides an overview of the most important subjects in otolaryngology and discusses the most frequently addressed topics on board exams. Several changes have been incorporated to make the book more readable. The chapter on thyroid and parathyroid disease contains more updated information. In addition, the chapter on head and neck reconstruction is significantly improved with the addition of a lengthy discussion on microvascular reconstructive techniques. However, the book has shortcomings. The chapters on the pediatric airway and facial and airway trauma have been completely deleted. The chapter on language and voice has also been omitted. Finally, basic science issues in otolaryngology are not covered.
Assessment: This new edition is a worthwhile compilation of a large amount of information in a concise, easy-to-read text. It is an indispensable tool for board preparation and for a quick review of the most common aspects of the specialty.