From The CriticsReviewer: Samuel Lin, MD(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book is as an introduction to otolaryngologic disease processes and a basic approach to treatment for a select number of topics relevant to the generalist physician.
Purpose: The editor and contributors accomplish their stated purpose and provide an excellent foundation for medical students interested in the field, generalist physicians motivated to supplement their knowledge of general otolaryngology, and first year surgical residents. They stress key learning points crucial to the field.
Audience: This textbook is very well-geared for its audience.
Features: The illustrations are easy to understand and reinforce the text well. I especially enjoyed the Epley maneuver illustration with the associating depiction of the semicircular canals. This illustration is rarely seen in textbooks and is vital to understanding the whole concept of the Epley maneuver. I will certainly use this reference in potential vertigo talks. Procedures that the general internist need to be familiar with are readily demonstrated and carefully explained. There is a substantial section devoted to otology and related topics, and I think this is wise. Demystifying the ear for generalists and beginning residents is a stepwise process that requires layers of knowledge. This is a great first step.
Assessment: I have read other beginning handbooks and introductions to otolaryngology. Usually these publications have been longer and the editors/authors attempt to address too many topics. The editors of this book select a number of relevant topics and provide enough detail for their audience without drowning readers in unnecessary facts. This is a wonderful introduction to basic concepts in otolaryngology.