July 1980

Complications of Head and Neck Surgery

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edited by John Conley, 524 pp, 215 illus, $35, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1979.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(7):894. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380070080029

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Dr John Conley has been a major contributor to professional education in head and neck surgery, having published a number of books on the subject. He has continued his record of good contributions in the present volume on the prevention and management of complications.

The scope of the book is wide, with chapters covering all the anatomic sites within the head and neck as well as major etiologic categories, neoplasia, trauma, congenital anomalies, infection, radiation, chemotherapy, and general medical complications. In addition, there are chapters covering specific surgical domains, such as endoscopy, microsurgery, flap reconstruction, and aesthetic surgery. Attention is given to the particular problems relating to anesthesia, nutrition, and the management of oropharyngocutaneous fistula.

Among the authors selected by Dr Conley are 33 North Americans and two Europeans, all highly reputable authorities in their respective fields. In any multiauthor book, there is some variation in quality from chapter to

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