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This outline presents a well-organized, reasonably complete review of otorhinolaryngology. Subject material is current for such a general review. In most cases, the author deals adequately with what, at times, are complicated concepts. The majority of illustrations are well done. The index is complete, and the bibliography contains many classic references. A selfexamination section should prove valuable.
Unfortunately, the quality of the outline is not uniform. Some areas are simplistic, even for a summary. Omissions and misinformation present dangers for the unguided, eg, many consider the examination with a "metal tongue blade" of a child suspected of having acute epiglottitis very dangerous.
This outline should serve medical students well, if appropriate guidance is available. The resident or practitioner facing board examination could find it a useful, although superficial, review.
MERIFIELD DO. Otorhinolaryngology: A Medical Outline Series. Arch Otolaryngol. 1981;107(2):132. doi:10.1001/archotol.1981.00790380062023
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