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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Alan Micco, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book, the first to present a comprehensive review of minimally invasive otologic procedures, is a multiauthored text by well recognized individuals in the field. It is unique in that it contains a CD-ROM that follows along with the chapters and depicts most of the procedures discussed in the text. At the beginning of each chapter, the corresponding procedures on the CD-ROM are outlined.
Purpose: The purpose is to discuss minimally invasive otologic procedures and the advantages of this type of surgery. The book is intended to keep up with the ever changing technology in the field. Such a book is needed, as this technology is becoming more popular. The authors have done a great job in meeting their objectives.
Audience: This book is primarily written for the practicing otologist and the general otolaryngologist who does a fair amount of otology and endoscopy. This would also be a good book for fellows in otology. The authors are recognized experts in the field.
Features: The book covers a large array of middle ear procedures using minimally invasive techniques, including topics from middle ear perfusions to stapedectomy. There are many unique features including an 8-page color insert of the procedures discussed in the text and appendixes with financial, coding, and operative notes information. Perhaps the most unique is the CD-ROM that accompanies the book that has video clips with narration explaining the procedures. This is the first book to elaborate on a growing area in otology. The only shortcoming is the print quality of a few of the illustrations.
Assessment: This is a welcome addition to the field. There are no other complete books like this on minimally invasive otologic procedures. The unique features, the CD-ROM, and the information in the appendixes make this an attractive book.