This book aims to fill the gap that many ‘generic clinical textbooks’ fail to address; the knowledge and skills required to deal with common ear, nose and throat conditions that present to general practitioners and in emergency departments.

Its scope is simple by design rather than omission. In 265 pages, it addresses the basics of ENT examination, followed by chapters addressing common presentations as well as touching on presentations of common head and neck cancer and facial plastics. The ideal audience would be medical students and junior doctors as well as a basis for general practitioners.

The topics chosen have been considered well, and the text provides a good overview of these. There is a plethora of imaging illustrating a variety of clinical pathology utilising computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and three-dimensional CT, as well as a range of clinical photographs throughout the chapters. In the next edition, perhaps the authors would consider increasing the clinical photographs of common conditions for the benefit of trainees.

This book is definitely one I would recommend to junior doctors and senior medical students as a starting point, however I would advise the use of an ENT colour atlas to fully appreciate the contents.

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