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This is one of a series of books published by Thieme which are written for trainees in radiology. The depth and breadth would suit a higher-level trainee with an interest in head and neck imaging coming up to exit examinations or someone approaching US Board examinations.

I also think that it would be accessible to, and just as useful for, higher ENT and neurosurgical trainees. The book covers 100 cases, with a hefty 150 more online, accessed with a code contained in the book. The cases are presented with several introductory images and a brief history.

The cases are discussed in a bullet point format. The differential diagnosis is covered, followed by several “essential facts” and finally some “pearls and pitfalls” designed to cover core knowledge for exam use. The book has been well written and edited, making it very readable. Its organisation makes it easy to dip into during a spare few minutes, ideal for people preparing for professional examinations with a busy lifestyle. The comprehensive coverage of the exemplar cases chosen allows discussion of both adult and paediatric pathologies, from across the full range of head and neck anatomical sites including the orbits and skull base.

The quality of the images and their reproduction are, on the whole, at least as good as any other book of this type. My main criticism of this book would be that some of the images are too small for my ageing eyes and a few are not well windowed.

It is comprehensive as a revision book, which is what it has been designed for but not systematic enough to completely substitute for reading a formal textbook on topics such as staging and anatomical spaces, let alone more esoteric ones such as embryology. I have bought several of these revision books on this topic over the years and think this compares well to those currently available.

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Nigel Hoggard

University of Sheffield; Clinical Lead for Head and Neck Imaging, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

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