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March 14, 1980

The Ear and Temporal Bone

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago Medical Center

JAMA. 1980;243(10):1084. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300360052035

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This is an excellent textbook of otologic surgical techniques written originally in French in 1975 by the internationally known otologic surgeon Michel Portmann and translated into English by Anthony Richards of London. This book offers the student of otology, whether he be in the resident or postgraduate stage, an excellent atlas of otologic surgical techniques, some of which were pioneered by Dr Portmann.

Illustrations are generally good, especially those related to meatoplasty, type 1 tympanoplasty, trauma to the ossicles, and exploration of the middle fossa and approach to the seventh nerve. This book includes an excellent chapter for the surgeon on coagulopathy and anesthesia. A major weakness in this book is lack of completeness in discussing indications for various surgical procedures. Also Dr Portmann has only minimally covered the various complications that are associated with surgery of the middle and inner ear.

The indexing is poorly done, and the references