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November 1980

Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology: A Review of Ear, Nose and Throat Problems in Children

Author Affiliations

Children's Hospital 15 S 9th St Newark, NJ 07107

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(11):1100-1101. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130230078034

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The purpose of this book is to "... acquaint pediatricians with the relatively new but important subspecialty and its general role in pediatrics... the problems are discussed with an orientation to the role of the pediatrician or family practitioner...." The book is divided into three major sections (ear, nose, and throat) with chapters on deafness, vertigo, otitis and its complications, epistaxis, sinusitis, choanal atresia, airway obstruction, poisoning, tonsillitis and tonsillectomy, and traumatology.

I believe that the book does not fulfill its aim. In fact, the variable style of the chapters (written by multiple authors), their organization (complications and therapy often precede general description and pathogenesis), and the emphasis of the book (20 pages on epistaxis, none on pharyngitis) substantially reduce its value for the student or physician seeking an overview of pediatric otorhinolaryngology.

I am concerned about the lack of balanced presentation of much information: eg, the value of decongestants

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