Reviewer: Steven Becker, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This work reviews the complications of head and neck surgery over a comprehensive range. It is modeled after Complications in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Volume 2, Head and Neck, by Michael E. Johns (B.C. Decker, 1986). It is an expanded form of the latter reference.
Purpose: The author writes a comprehensive and contemporary discussion of the complications of head and neck surgical procedures. When it comes to complications, avoidance, recognition, and management are central to successful surgical care. The author wants to improve communication between doctor and patient. These are worthy objectives, and the book meets the author's goal of highlighting recognition and management of complications, but it does little in terms of increasing communication betweendoctor and patien t.
Audience: This work is written for residents and practitioners of head and neck surgery. The author appears to be a credible authority. Many known authorities have contributed articles on a broad range of subjects.
Features: The illustrations are all black-and-white and are of good quality. The references are timely and complete. There are multiple chapters that are short and to the point, with attached complete and current lists of references. The several short chapters contribute to save overlap. The topics are organized by anatomical region and grouped by related procedures.
Assessment: This book is quite worthwhile as a reference, and I recommend its purchase. Its drawback is going to be the need for frequent updates.