June 1981

Principles of Head and Neck Surgery

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn


ed 2, by H. Robert Freund, 459 pp, New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1979.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(6):843. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380180087023

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As the author states in the preface, "after the passage of a decade, it becomes necessary to rewrite and update any technical work." The author has done so with the assistance of nine contributing authors. Although I have not had the chance to compare this book with the first edition, the author states that only the chapters on history and postoperative care have been carried over.

The author seems to give attention to an orderly presentation of head and neck cancer, with the discussion of the history of the developments in head and neck cancer, as well as the multidisciplinary team approach that is essential in this discipline. This was followed by chapters on diagnoses and examination that include a fairly updated discussion of needle biopsies, and fine needle aspirations and exfoliative cytology.

Although there is a chapter on behavior of tumors and methods of treatment, the discussions are often

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