by John Conley, 292 pp, 531 illus, $49, Stuttgart: Georg Thieme Verlag (New York: Grune & Stratton, Inc.), 1970.
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This book, based on one master surgeon's personal experience, is not meant to be a complete text. It contains chapters that are not covered in depth in many other works on head and neck surgery, eg, psychological evaluation and preparation of the patient to accept his condition following eradication of the tumors, scalp tumors, neurogenous tumors, juvenile nasopharyngeal angio-fibroma, mesenchymal tumors, minor salivary tumors, head and neck tumors in children, and laryngotracheal rehabilitation.
The general construction of the book is excellent. The print, illustrations, and drawings are clear. A fine task has been accomplished by the publishers. However, the various flaps illustrated in an oversimplified fashion may cause the novice to have disastrous results.
The volume points up the fact that any surgeon who undertakes to eradicate a malignancy about the head and neck takes upon himself a grave responsibility. He must not only have the acumen and judgement to
Longacre JJ. Concepts in Head and Neck Surgery. JAMA. 1970;214(10):1891. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180100081032