The ‘Head and Neck Dissection and Reconstruction Manual’ is compiled by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Head and Neck Course faculty and edited by Professor A Van Hasselt and E Wong. The Manual is specifically aimed at ENT / head and neck surgery trainees or junior consultants in this speciality.
The content mirrors the syllabus of their course and very adequately covers head and neck surgical procedures from a practical surgical and anatomical stand point. The narrative is clear, precise and meticulous with excellent peri-operative and cadaveric illustrations. A stepwise approach is used to structure the surgical technique and this is complemented with key points and stylized illustrations which enhance the very clean layout.
Sample figures from 'Head and Neck: Dissection and Reconstruction Manual'.
There are ten chapters covering various excisional procedures and surgical approaches including selective neck dissection, parotidectomy, laryngectomy, thyroidectomy, mandibulotomy / ectomy sub-mandibular gland excision and approaches to the para- and naso- pharyngeal spaces. A further nine chapters cover complex / compound skin flaps for reconstruction, these include forearm and lower limb flaps as well as abdominal and pectoral / latissimus dorsi flaps. The layout is very helpful for both preoperative preparation and especially for use in the dissection laboratory for simulation. There is also a chapter on micro-vascular technique which is very comprehensive. Notably there is no index, however this is not required with such excellent clarity and chapter layout.
This manual is designed as a reference and even as a template for setting up similar head and neck surgical courses to that found at CUHK. I understand that this excellent work may become an open access resource in the future. At $80 (US) this is excellent value for trainees, libraries and departments to invest in an excellent resource which will be a very useful learning tool for some time to come.