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Uncertainty creates controversy. Controversy in otolaryngology may arise from either an incomplete understanding of a clinical problem or an unyielding adherence to accumulated experiences or collective impressions. Thus, advocates of intact canalwall mastoidectomy for aural keratoma heatedly debate supporters of modified radical mastoidectomy, while radiotherapists vociferously battle surgeons over the management of occult squamous cell carcinoma with anterior neck metastases.
As editor of Controversies in Otolaryngology, Dr Snow has focused the attention of acknowledged experts on these and other controversial problems that occur on a regular basis in otolaryngology and in head and neck surgery and that affect the quality of life. The result is a unique and superbly edited text covering the breadth of the specialty—otology; rhinology; laryngology; allergy; bronchoesophagology; head and neck surgery; facial plastic, reconstructive, and maxillofacial surgery; and pediatric otolaryngology.
In each section, a problem is defined by the editor for the contributing authors to analyze
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