BOOK REVIEWS DAVID W. EISELE,MD Book Review Editor
EDITOR'SNOTE:The reviewers have rated the books on a scale of one to five stars. The highest ratings are given to books that fulfill their objectives and skillfully convey information to the chosen audience. Books are judged on appropriateness and completeness of detail for the targeted audience, quality of writing, editorial skill (especially mulfiauthored books), illustrations, and photography. It is hoped this code will aid the reader in selecting books for his or her permanent library. The rating scale is as follows: -k-k-k-k-k Outstanding, a classic, should be on the shelf of anyone interested in the subject; -k-k-k-k Strong, well-written book with major contributions in some areas; -k*-k Informative book that should be read, if not owned, by individuals with interest in the field; "k'k Some worthwhile information, but with deficiencies in wdfing style or completeness; -k Major shortcomings, not recommended.
by Wayne E Larrabee, Jr, and David A. Sherris. 256 pages with illustrations. Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia, 1995. $95.00. P r i n c i p l e s of F a c i a l R e c o n s t r u c t i o n ,
This textbook concerning facial reconstruction addresses primarily soft tissue skin defects from either tumor resection or trauma. This is a very well-organized text that introduces the basics of soft tissue biomechanics and aesthetic subunits before addressing each facial subunit in detail. Each chapter is well illustrated with drawings and clinical photographs where appropriate. The decision trees in each chapter are an added useful feature that helps guide the surgeon through the multiple reconstructive options to select appropriate methods for each defect. The authors have chosen to address small-to-moderate size defects, excluding subjects such as facial nerve repair, free flaps, bone grafts, and other methods. In limiting the subject matter, this text addresses its subject succinctly and in great detail. Experienced surgeons, residents, and students will find this text easy to follow and informative. The clear organization and the decision tree analysis are the strengths of this work and set it apart from similar books on the market. Ira D. Papel, MD ~r~x4tCr~r
Pediatric Otolaryngology, 3 r d e d i t i o n , edited by Charles D. Bluestone, Sylvan E. Stool, and Margaret A. Kenna. 1677 pages with illustrations. W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 1996. $330.00.
Pediatric Otolaryngology is the core text for the subspecialty of pediatric otolaryngology. This text, now in its third edition, contains 107 chapters in two volmnes. As noted in the preface, seven new chapters have been added since the publication of the second edition six 140 Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
years ago, including two chapters on sinus disease in children and one on cochlear implants. The editors have also invited many new authors to contribute updated chapters. New technologies, such as molecular biology diagnostic methods, otoacoustic emissions, and so forth, are included. The editors have published a companion surgical atlas, and accordingly, descriptions of surgical procedures are not emphasized in this textbook. Each section includes basic science chapters emphasizing embryology and developmental anatomy, followed by clinical chapters. Chapters are thoroughly referenced, with highlighted selected references as suggestions for additional reading. The book uses tables to clearly display results of clinical trials, and algorithms for clinical management are outlined with diagrams. This textbook is indeed comprehensive, covering the scope of pediatric otolaryngology. In addition to the topics that are of interest to the tertiary/academic pediatric otolaryngologist, this book includes full discussion of common ear, nose, and throat disorders in children. This discussion is relevant to all otolaryngologists and pediatricians. Chapter 23, a 194-page chapter titled "Otitis Media, Atelectasis, and Eustachian Tube Dysfunction," should be required reading for all pediatric and otolaryngology residents who plan to diagnose and treat middle ear disease. This textbook is a must for the pediatric otolaryngologist and will be a superb resource for any otolaryngologist who cares for children. Residents and fellows will welcome this new edition of Pediatric Otolaryngology because all are familiar with the value of the previous editions. David E. Tunkef, MD James R. Kosko, MD