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May 1980

Clinical Otolaryngology

Arch Otolaryngol. 1980;106(5):310. doi:10.1001/archotol.1980.00790290062019

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In the preface, the editors state that "toward the end of training there is a need for a comprehensive account in one volume of all aspects of the principles of otolaryngology which correlate with previous reading."

For the most part, the book is well written and there are some excellent sections, especially the one on facial nerve paralysis. Many of the chapters, however, are incomplete in the presentation of causes, differential diagnosis, and management of the various disease entities. The problem is often compounded by a lack of sufficient references at the end of a chapter. In the section on laryngeal diseases in children, the discussion of inflammatory diseases is limited and yet only two references are listed. There are, in addition, certain subjects that are not dealt with at all; among these are reconstructive surgery, bronchoesophagoscopy, and oncology of head and neck tumors.

At present, there are other singlevolume

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