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April 1979

The Paranasal Sinuses Anatomy and Surgical Technique

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San Francisco

Arch Otolaryngol. 1979;105(4):232. doi:10.1001/archotol.1979.00790160066022

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Because of the decrease in frequency of paranasal sinus surgery for chronic infection and the paucity of cadaver material available in most residency training programs, the otolaryngologist often needs to refer to a dry skull and a concise anatomical text prior to performing a surgical procedure on the sinuses. In addition, a general otolaryngology surgical atlas must be consulted for techniques.

The second edition of Dr Ritter's excellent treatise on the anatomy and surgery of the paranasal sinuses provides a great deal more. It is organized by individual sinuses into a logical sequence that progresses from embryology, anatomical considerations, and clinical correlations to specific surgical procedures. The text is supplemented with high-contrast photographs of the skull and anatomical sections (primarily coronal and parasagittal), with lucid line drawings by Denis Lee. Approximately a third of the book is devoted to an anatomical study of coronal sections and radiographs of three specimens:

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