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February 1969

A Synopsis of Otolaryngology.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(2):441. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020443044

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A synopsis is a summary which gives broad coverage of a topic in general terms permitting visualization of "the forest from the trees" and providing a framework upon which to build. It is of value to the student in two phases of learning. Least important is the scan of a subject to determine its dimensions before studying it in depth, and more important is by way of review following detailed study. Herein the synopsis permits assimilation of disconnected details into organized generalization.

The main divisions covered include the ear, nose and paranasal sinuses, mouth and pharynx, esophagus, larynx, trachea and tracheobronchial tree, and neurology.

Advantages of the book, and hence the incentive to buy it, are based upon the organization of its contents and concise and point form style. The scope is broad, illustrations are simple line drawings, and it is comparatively up to date. Of particular value are the

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