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Book and Media Reviews
March 21, 2012

Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (khari001@umn.edu).

JAMA. 2012;307(11):1204-1205. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.311

Benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck have the potential to profoundly affect a patient's survival and quality of life. Head and neck surgical oncology requires knowledge of a diverse set of surgical procedures designed to treat disease in these areas. The challenge for any surgical atlas addressing this subject is to adequately cover the breadth of well-established surgical techniques in addition to recent technical developments. Accordingly, the Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery, edited by James Cohen and Gary Clayman, will be an excellent addition to the library of any practicing head and neck surgeon. It is exceedingly appropriate for residents-in-training. The book is nicely organized into units including “Benign Upper Aerodigestive Disease,” “Neck and Salivary Gland,” “Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Operations,” “Laryngopharyngeal Operations,” “Skull Base,” “Thyroid and Parathyroid,” and “Basic Reconstructive Flaps.” Each unit is color-coded at the page edges so the reader can quickly locate a particular unit before opening the book. Several chapters within each unit address specific procedures.