Published by Oxford University Press
Rogan Corbridge and Nicholas Steventon
Published December 2019
I am a big fan of the Oxford Medical Handbook series and I suspect I am one of many. However, there is a large number of titles in this series and you can’t always get it right. Yet the publishers and the authors seem to have a very good success rate and I have been impressed with what they have churned out over the years. This update of a member of this high-profile series maintains the successful stature of its many siblings in the Oxford Medical Handbook series. If you want to see them all then check out https://global.oup.com/academic/content/series/o/oxford-medical-handbooks-oxhmed/
As for this book which has just recently updated to a third edition, this is another excellent member of the Oxford Medical Handbook series. Don’t be put off by its relative slimness, it comes in at 488 pages and packs a great punch. It is ideal for ENT doctors in training but as a GP, I found this book pitched at just the level we need. ENT consultations are common in primary care and this book is great for GP registrars and equally a great one stop shop for established GPs wanting to keep up to date with the latest thinking in the specialty.
A good example of the excellence of this book, is Chapter 9 which is on Page 171. This is all about the nose and sinuses and is pitched perfectly for primary care. There are simple but effective and understandable line anatomical diagrams, tables and easy to read text. There is also room to write your own notes and importantly, it does not take long to read around a specific topic. Like the other handbooks in the series, it is clinically focussed and written with patient management in mind. It is great if you have a patient in front of you with a relatively common problem, this book will guide you to best possible diagnosis and management, as a well as a general review of the topic.
There are other areas covered such as paediatric ENT which is to be expected but an unexpected and fascinating chapter, is Chapter 19 covering ENT in the rest of the world. Some of the conditions discussed may be rare but provide a fascinating review of diseases unusual to the UK.
The book is relatively inexpensive and is very good value for money. For a GP wanting to get a grip with the basics, this is an ideal book which does not take up too much room on the desk and represents a good investment. It is also a great revision aid to remind clinicians of basic and not so basic ENT information needed for modern everyday practice. This book comes highly recommended to its target audience and is modestly priced. It is a high-quality ENT book which comes up to the exacting standards set by the excellent Oxford Medical Handbook series.
Dr Harry Brown