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With the addition of eight new contributing authors and 170 additional pages, Ballenger continues his family's labor of love with the publication of the 12th edition of Diseases of the Nose, Throat and Ear. It is written primarily for the more advanced medical student, resident, and primary care physician, although it would serve as a general review resource for the practicing otolaryngologist.
The text is divided into five parts: "The Nose and Accessory Sinuses," "The Pharynx and Fauces," "Diseases of the Larynx," "The Ear," and "Bronchoesophagology." New topics include cryosurgery, immunology, chemotherapy of head and neck neoplasms, and polytomography of the facial bones and paranasal sinuses. The sections on bronchoesophagology and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck have been entirely rewritten.
Despite the extensive revision and recognized time lag between the submission of a manuscript and final publication, a few omissions and commissions are surprising. For instance, spastic dysphonia
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