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May 23, 1990

Cancer of the Head and Neck

Author Affiliations

Loyola University of Chicago (Ill) Stritch School of Medicine

Loyola University of Chicago (Ill) Stritch School of Medicine


edited by Eugene N. Myers and James Y. Suen, 2nd ed, 1132 pp, with illus, $150, ISBN 0-443-08597-8, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone, 1989.

JAMA. 1990;263(20):2826. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440200132038

In the second edition of Myers and Suen's book Cancer of the Head and Neck, the editors state that this text is "intended as a contemporary state-of-the-art depiction of the complex field of head and neck surgery."

Although the editors have assembled a distinguished group of authors for the 40 chapters of this book, it seems to me to be an introductory text and fails as a comprehensive text of head and neck cancer. In reviewing a number of the chapters, I had the impression I was reading a condensed version of a complete chapter. Some of the material appeared to be incomplete. For example, the chapter "Oral Cavity Tumors" failed to mention any role for laser surgery, a major emerging area of treatment of oral-cavity and tongue cancers. In addition, this chapter failed to delineate well the various surgical approaches to oralcavity cancer, especially those techniques applicable to patients