by Peter W. Alverti and Douglas P. Bryce, 939 pp, $68.50, New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1976.
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This extensive volume on laryngeal cancer represents the proceedings of a five-day conference held in Toronto in May of 1974. In addition to presentations of papers, there were workshops and detailed discussion. As a result, the reader will find some unevenness and repetition, but the trove of information compensates for these defects.
Topics covered range from the anatomy growth and spread of laryngeal neoplasms, their pathology, surgery and irradiation, methods of palliation, voice rehabilitation after total laryngectomy, record-keeping, end-result reporting, and even a section on laryngeal photography.
Because of the international makeup of the conference, several points of view, often divergent, are presented. This is as it should be since the management of laryngeal cancer is controversial and, unfortunately, often disappointing.
For those with a strong interest in this difficult area of medicine, this book will be extremely useful.
GOLDWYN RM. Centennial Conference on Laryngeal Cancer. Arch Surg. 1977;112(1):104. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370010106038