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The need for a concise yet authoritative text on otolaryngology for the medical student, intern, and general practitioner is well met by the fourth edition of Fundamentals of Otolaryngology. In the preface the authors state their aim to keep this a compact book suitable for the nonspecialist in otolaryngology, and they have indeed increased the length of this 553-page volume by less than 50 pages beyond the third edition and just over 100 pages beyond the first edition.
Noteworthy are the large number of illustrations, many of them new, the enlarged and revised sections on physiology of hearing, on endoscopy, and on nasal allergy, and the additions of chapters on salivary glands, tumefactions of the neck, and reconstructive nasal surgery, areas included in the required training of the otolaryngologic resident.
The book begins with a concise definition and description of otolaryngology as a specialty, with mention of the most significant
Fundamentals of Otolaryngology.. Arch Otolaryngol. 1964;80(4):478. doi:10.1001/archotol.1964.00750040490023