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April 1987

Complications in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, vol 1: Ear and Skull Base

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Galveston, Tex

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(4):439. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860040101038

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We learn more from our mistakes and the mistakes of others than we do from our triumphs. This book is designed to prevent those mistakes in ear and skull base surgery that can harm our patients. In 207 pages, more than 40 contributors cover a wide range of topics from complications of anesthesia to surgery for glomus jugulare. Each chapter highlights the common problems one encounters in various surgical approaches. An example would be the chapter entitled "Surgery for Cholesteatoma." In this chapter Dr Jay Farrior discusses ossicular chain erosion, labyrinthine fistula, facial paralysis, infections, brain hernia, exposed dura, and cerebrospinal fluid leak. The monograph is well illustrated. Chapter 10, entitled "Myringotomy," has some beautiful color photographs of tympanic membrane pathology. The final chapter covers the topic of malpractice and how to prevent that type of complication in your practice.

In summary, this book should be required reading for all

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