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The editors have assembled experts from the disciplines of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesia, and plastic surgery to put together a compendium of topics on skull base surgery. The field of skull base surgery has been well represented, except for surgery of the pterygomaxillary space.
Chapter organization is excellent. I particularly enjoyed the uniform format despite the multiplicity of authors; for the inexperienced this should allow easier reading and quicker referencing. Each chapter is broken down into sections on indications, surgical anatomy, technique, and complications, and further increases the readability. The book is very well illustrated, and David Bolinski, the principal artist, is to be congratulated for the accuracy demonstrated. The other illustrations are well chosen, and, for the most part, well reproduced.
Primarily, I enjoyed reading the book but found some significant shortcomings that I hope will be addressed in further revisions. The first and most major drawback
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