October 1974

Tumors of the Head and Neck: Clinical and Pathological Considerations

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by John G. Batsakis, 388 pp, $19.75, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1974.

Arch Surg. 1974;109(4):592. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360040100040

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This small, readable book, written by a professor of pathology at the University of Michigan, is a pleasure to review. It is written by one with a lifelong interest in the pathology of tumors of the head and neck with, as quoted in the preface, "an abiding respect for the skills of the head and neck physician whether surgeon or radiation therapist." It is most useful to head and neck surgeons and recognizes the modern spirit of the team approach to cancer treatment. The book is not a catalogue or computation of experience, but presents a unified concept of diseases, classified by surgical pathology. Tissue types rather than anatomical sites are selected for chapter headings. The text is smooth-flowing and readable. Especially valuable are the schemata of various disease patterns that are often confusing to the practicing surgeon. For example, the author describes the relationship of the Sjögren syndrome to

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