Reviewer: Tara D Miller, MD (Peninsula Dermatologic Surgery)
Description: This book recognizes that cutaneous malignancy of the head and neck often requires a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment. The editors cover the topic from the basics of each tumor type and etiology to the specifics of therapies, ranging from treating the primary tumor with resections and reconstruction to treating metastasis.
Purpose: The purpose is to discuss in a multidisciplinary context the unique oncologic, functional, and aesthetic demands presented by cutaneous malignancy of the head and neck. These are worthy objectives, and there is no other book to my knowledge that addresses these issues in a multidisciplinary fashion.
Audience: This book is written at the resident/fellow and practitioner level. Since it presents a multidisciplinary approach, clinicians in many specialties can be targeted including those in dermatology, dermatologic/Mohs surgery, head and neck surgery, surgical oncology, radiation and medical oncology, ophthalmology, reconstructive surgery, pathology and radiology.
Features: The book first covers the clinical and histopathologic diagnosis of the many types of cutaneous malignancies before discussing how to treat these primary tumors. It then moves on to discuss high-risk areas of the head and neck, and the likelihood of metastases and how to treat them if they occur. Finally, it covers reconstruction of particular areas of the head and neck. The well-designed tables and beautiful pictures are great additions. The strength of this book lies in its short chapters from different perspectives that cover comprehensively the multiple ways to treat head and neck malignancies.
Assessment: There are entire books dedicated to each of the chapters in this book, but there is no book, to my knowledge, that covers the subject in a multidisciplinary fashion. It provides readers with good, basic information on these malignancies that they would otherwise have to get by purchasing separate books on radiation, dermatology, histopathology, reconstruction, etc.