Edited by Laura Rosenthal, Monica Patadia and James Stankiewicz
Published by CRC Press
This is a superb book that commendably straddles the twin aims of being an atlas whilst at the same is also a standard textbook. Fusing these attributes together produces this excellent book which is a pleasure to read. A claim that cannot be justified in every medical textbook but fully justifies it, in this case. It is a handbook as the title states and runs to over 470 pages but it is actually quite well packed with information that makes it a very readable textbook. I would say it is more than handbook, the text alone would it a good basic textbook but add in the colour illustrations and it becomes a fine book.
Of course, as would be expected the production values of this book are excellent and most pages have high quality photographs that helpfully amplify the text. There are also scans and figures as well and needless to say the reproduction is again excellent. It is a pleasure leafing through the book, stopping looking at the illustrations and then drawn to reading the text. It is well written and easy to follow and ideal for non-specialists such as primary care practitioners, for example GPs. All the sections such as chapters or sub chapters or individual disease descriptions can be quickly read and allowing the reader to painlessly update or refresh their knowledge base. There are also some interesting chapters that I have not commonly seen covered in an ENT book such as the “aging face.” In part, this may reflect this book’s American origins but that should not put off say a UK reader. It reads well and is highly relevant from a British perspective.
The book is divided into six sections including paediatrics and facial plastics and has a number of contributors which results in a well balanced, highly illustrated textbook. It will make a good basic book for an ENT specialist, especially for someone in training whilst it is also a great book for a non-ENT specialist like a GP. I reviewed the paperback edition which I think represents good value for money and this version does not come with a ebook but you can buy an electronic version for £34.99. However, I could not see an option for a combination product which may suit some people. Even so, as a standalone book, it is a pleasure to read and look through and I am sure for many, will be educational.
Dr Harry Brown