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July 1965

Basic Otolaryngology.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;82(1):90-91. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00760010092036

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Basic Otolaryngology is written for the medical student and general practitioner, and is the fourth such book to be printed in 1964.

The general organization of the text is haphazard; many topics are duplicated while others are neglected. Often the trend of thought shifts without warning, forcing the reader to lose the theme. The style frequently rambles, and the English construction could use more editing.

The veracity of the text in almost any section can be challenged. The book is filled with incomplete and inadequate data, half truths, and in some cases completely erroneous material, to wit, on pp 33-34 is an anatomic description of the middle ear cleft. The last two sentences read, "The anterior wall contains the canal for the facial nerve in its inner aspect. Almost facing it on the inner posterior wall lies the lateral sinus." This is a slur in the author's train of thought

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