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March 1978

Scientific Foundations of Otolaryngology,

Arch Otolaryngol. 1978;104(3):181. doi:10.1001/archotol.1978.00790030067018

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Hinchcliffe and Harrison have edited an extremely useful book on scientific foundations of otolaryngology. This book will serve as a basic text for residents in otolaryngology, particularly during the early years of training. A carefully selected group of international authorities have contributed to the various aspects of the book.

The book is arranged in several sections that deal with the following topics: quantitative methods, physics, genetics, environmental sciences, ear structure, ear function, orofacial structures, nose, throat, voice, speech and language, otolaryngological biology and pathology, materia otolaryngologica, toxicology, and reconstructive surgery. A final section concerned with "Ethical and Legal Control Over Acquisition and Application of Otolaryngological Knowledge" is also included.

The book contains several appendices that deal with number systems and conversion tables, it also has a short, multilingual dictionary.

The book is very well organized and not only well written, but extremely well illustrated. It is a valuable reference

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