After having read a variety of books that focus on otology, the Atlas of Otologic Surgery and Magic Otology provides a complete and holistic perspective on the field of otology, including a wide range of topics such as structure and function and the principles and approaches of surgery to the external, middle and inner ear.

Topics covered are not only written in a clear and pragmatic style, but include areas of controversy such as ‘The Influence of mechanoacoustic factors in tympanoplasty results’ which are meaningful to the reader and which sets this unique book aside from others.

Both volumes contain a number of well organised chapters filled with colourful illustrations and clinical photographs which complement the written text well. The chapters are authored by a diverse range of otologists worldwide including eminent figures such as Ugo Fisch and William House. Despite having such a wealth of information from such varied sources, each chapter maintains a consistency in style and fluency.

Whilst being a great source of knowledge to any otologist (or budding otologist), it somewhat lacks a little in specific guidance for the British otologist. In appealing to the masses, it is unable to focus on the narrower requirements of the British reader. This is underscored by the absence of British authors. In addition, the size of the textbook, which covers over 1500 pages, makes it a little heavy duty for acting as a ‘quick reference’ text.

Overall, a great source of information from a wealth of experienced otologists!

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Hala Kanona

The Royal National Ear Nose and Throat and Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, UK.

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