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Book and Media Reviews
June 6, 2007

Head and Neck Cancer: Treatment, Rehabilitation, and Outcomes

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2007;297(21):2413-2416. doi:10.1001/jama.297.21.2415-a

Head and Neck Cancer: Treatment, Rehabilitation, and Outcomes, edited by Drs Elizabeth Ward and Corina van As-Brooks, includes an international group of renowned experts and authors. An instructive CD-ROM is included. Overall, this is an outstanding book that may serve as an encyclopedic tome for clinicians involved in treatment of head and neck cancer.

The organization is excellent and includes all the primary areas of rehabilitation of head and neck cancer. While most books combine anatomical areas and types of treatment, this volume has individual chapters on the various anatomical sites, eg, hypopharynx and larynx, as well as the type of treatment, eg, surgical and organ preservation. This allows a unique and more detailed presentation of the specific aspects of swallowing and speech deficits as well as their rehabilitation. Additionally, the individual chapters are well organized and easy to follow, with clear outlines and illustrations.