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May 1988

Microscopy and Microsurgery of the Larynx and Laryngopharynx

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(5):584. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860170114043

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The authors of this text share a vast clinical experience in laryngeal microsurgery as it is currently practiced in the Soviet Union. Valuable attention is paid to the technical aspects of surgical preparation and manipulation. Astute observations are stressed with regard to visual presentations of diseases ranging from benign to malignant processes. For this reason, it is somewhat unfortunate that the authors have made infrequent use of intraoperative photographic documentation, photographic demonstration that would greatly enhance the reference quality of this text. Furthermore, there appears to be less discussion of surgical outcome than is customary to expect in a text of this kind. For example, postoperative phonatory function is rarely analyzed, nor is respiratory efficiency or deglutatory ability. Nevertheless, western otolaryngologists interested in the current state of Soviet laryngology would appreciate an informal and candid account of daily practice by two experienced clinicians in the Soviet Union.

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