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November 1987

Operative Surgery: Ear

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(11):1242. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860110108031

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This book is a part of a large series of atlases covering all of surgery. The volume devoted to the ear has chapters from leading otologic surgeons from the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States. The book is strictly a surgical atlas, and, as such, is a good catalog of techniques used in various centers around the world. Beyond this, the book is disappointing. The chapters are short and concern themselves only with technique. There is little or nothing about the evaluation of the patient, the pathophysiology of disease, why one technique is chosen over another (other than it is better in the author's hands), or problem solving in the difficult or unusual case. Indications for the procedures are brief and inconsistently described; results are almost nonexistent.

The editing of the book is also disappointing. There are sentences that do not make sense and statements that clearly need to

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