This book is a very enthusiastic attempt by the author to cover all aspects of ENT in approximately 600 pages. In doing so, the author at times has lost the audience he is trying to capture. Some aspects have reasonable detail, whilst others beg for more information. Some of the procedures and classifications are fairly outdated and, on the basis of poor evidence or patient compliance, are not practised routinely in the first world.

Having said this, the chapters on anatomy and physiology are well written and provide a good summary to someone who has studied this in detail before. The book has got a lot of good quality illustrations, and the layout of the text is reader friendly. Clinical highlights at the end of every chapter are a good idea; however some readers may not find this very helpful as the text within the chapter is already a summary of various topics.

This textbook has a wealth of knowledge for someone at the early to mid stage of their ENT training, but lacks in providing specifics for a trainee within the British Isles.

Overall, this is not a bad text book for a trainee. However, the reader needs to be aware of the procedures and classifications not used in the UK. From a trainee’s perspective, certain topics will require more in-depth reading from other resources as well.

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Asad Qayyum

FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCS, AFRCS, DLO, Peterborough City Hospital; Programme Director, East of England Deanery, UK.

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