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The second edition of Portmann's compendium of nose, throat, and ear operations is still but an abridgment of all the surgical procedures in the field of otorhinolaryngology.
One would think that it would scarcely require one thousand pages to cover the subjects, but about half of the book is taken up by excellent illustrations. The text describing the operations is in every instance epitomized and abbreviated to an unsatisfactory extent, so that the student will scarcely use it as a full guide to the operations. However, pictures for each procedure and the array of instruments needed are shown, and the steps in the operations are carefully and consecutively followed. The recommended anesthesia is invariably reported, and indications and contraindications are carefully but briefly covered.
All in all, the reader is greatly satisfied with the comprehensive nature of the coverage, with the clarity of the text, and with the excellence of
Traité de technique opératoire oto-rhino-laryngologique. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;54(5):607. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750110143021
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