August 26, 1974

Tumors of the Head and Neck: Clinical and Pathological Considerations

Author Affiliations

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore


by John G. Batsakis, 388 pp, with illus, $19.75, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1974.

JAMA. 1974;229(9):1230. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230470072040

Students of head and neck surgery must add this volume to their personal libraries.

Dr. Batsakis is to be commended for providing a single reference source containing virtually every lesion—benign, malignant, and nonneoplastic—that might be encountered superior to the clavicles. With the exception of odontogenic tumors and cysts, which had purposely been omitted, the text provides comprehensive information concerning congenital and acquired lesions, both neoplastic and nonneoplastic. Special mention must be awarded to the section dealing with metastatic lesions to and from the head and neck, to the excellent review of the occult primary with cervical metastasis, and to the section dealing with fibrous lesions of the head and neck.

The pathologic discussions provide excellent and thorough presentations of histogenesis, classification, and clinical pathological correlations. The clinical material is excellent in terms of diagnosis, natural history, and survival statistics. Treatment of the various lesions receives scant attention; however, "it is