The second edition of Manual of Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery is a comprehensive problem oriented surgical guide that is an essential read for all endoscopic sinus surgeons.

Based on their clinical and considerable teaching experience, the authors have chosen an approach that responds directly to patients’ concerns, which is set within a simple framework based on the questions of Who? When? Why? and How? It is illustrated with hundreds of high quality endoscopic images, photographs and drawings. This edition has expanded chapters on advanced procedures as well as entirely new chapters on anterior skull base surgery and skull base reconstruction. There is also online access to videos of surgical procedures and interviews with patients enhancing the learning experience for both junior and advanced practitioners.

The content of the chapters is varied and evidence based where possible, filled with personal experiences of the authors, making it a refreshing read. Sections on ‘Complication management’ and ‘Hints and tips’ make this book unique. There are also substantial non-surgical sections about the most up-to-date management of facial pain and chronic rhinosinusitis with and without polyps.

By focusing on how to establish clear indications for surgery and how to improve surgical outcomes in endoscopic paranasal sinus surgery, this practical operating manual will appeal to otolaryngologists and rhino-neurosurgeons operating in this region.

This book is excellent value and I will certainly be reading some of the chapters again!

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Shahz Ahmed

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK.

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