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November 1968

Textbook of Otolaryngology.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;88(5):573-574. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00770010575029

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This book has been one of the foremost texts in general otolaryngology since its first edition in 1960. The authors have set a pattern in updating it every four years, keeping abreast of newer concepts in diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation, obviously with intent to maintain it as an outstanding medical textbook. It is primarily aimed at the medical student and the general practitioner and the aim has been sharp and true for the subject has been given broad coverage, understandable terms using beautiful representative illustrations, and supported by a moderate but pertinent bibliography.

There is truly no room for criticism except for picayune matters. I feel the authors should not have overlooked the nonsurgical techniques of Derlacki and of Juers for closure of "benign" central perforations of the tympanic membrane. Allergic disorders of the ear, nose, and throat, their diagnosis and their treatment are given merely a passing glance, and

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