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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Alan G Micco, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: In this collection of case-based studies illustrating all aspects of vestibulopathies, each chapter starts with a real case and includes "what to do next" type questions relevant for both trainees and general ENT practitioners. The valuable section on unusual cases is memorable and a great learning experience. Even the format of the index is helpful, organizing topics by simplicity of diagnosis, i.e. single entity vs. multiple diagnoses.
Purpose: Vestibular disorders are common and many physicians do not know how to diagnose them properly. This book outlines principles of vestibular disorders using a case study approach and incorporating viewpoints of three different specialists — a neurologist, neurotologist, and physical therapist. Problem-based learning is a proven way to teach principles, and this book meets its objectives with a step-by-step approach to each case.
Audience: The book is written for otolaryngologists at all levels, from residents and fellows to general ENT physicians and even neurotologists. It is useful for neurologists specializing in dizziness as well. It is also helpful for anyone dealing with patients who come in with dizzy symptoms, whether ER doctors or primary care physicians.
Features: A myriad of different vestibulopathy diagnoses, both basic and more complex and unusual, are covered. The best part of this book is the section on unusual cases, which provide a glimpse of real case studies that are rarely found in other textbooks. With summaries at the end of chapters as well as question boxes throughout, this book also is ideal for study purposes.
Assessment: This third edition adds eight new cases to a thoughtfully written book illustrating interesting, common, and uncommon cases that should be a great reference for all ENT physicians.