The Pocket Tutor series has succeeded again with a visually different second edition of Otolaryngology. Mr Bhattacharyya has now joined with fellow ENT Consultant, Ms Ifeacho and ENT trainee, Mr Zhang, to produce a revised pocket companion fit for the junior doctor. The classic features of supportive illustrations and punctuations of ‘clinical insight’ boxes remain. The case scenarios are very representative of a typical district general hospital. All in all, this book serves as a comprehensive, concise companion for ENT emergencies and junior ENT clinics.
The new chapter three entitled ‘Diagnostic Algorithms’ is a strong feature when compared with the first edition. The authors have selected presenting symptoms (facial weakness, hoarseness, otorrhoea and nasal obstruction) and designed a schematic flowchart which helps the reader to arrive at differential diagnoses. This decision-making tool aide is useful as all chosen symptoms form the bulk of emergency work and GP referrals to the emergency department.
A further impressive section is found on pages 20-21, where time has been taken to explain the olfactory process at a molecular level. It is one of many examples where the authors have shown dedication in simplifying potentially complex themes and translating them into an understandable passage of information. The only adjunct to such a fantastic resource would have been a few questions at the end of each chapter to help the reader consolidate what they have read. Also, an additional new chapter dedicated to more (basic) ENT radiology would be welcomed with an emphasis on clinical correlations.
In summary, I would recommend the Otolaryngology Pocket Tutor to both medical schools and ENT departments. It offers what it states to be; a pocket companion for juniors hoping to acquire a sturdy ENT foundation rooted in representative case scenarios.