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Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands - Third Edition is an excellent text for trainee and specialist surgeons with an interest in head and neck endocrine surgery. The organisation of the book simply makes sense, showing progression from the history of thyroid and parathyroid surgery through the latest evaluation techniques, surgery and research to postoperative management, covering every aspect of patient care.

I was pleased to see a whole chapter devoted to incision placement and wound closure; something that is frequently overlooked. Each chapter is a standalone masterclass on the topic in question. This does make for long, detailed chapters and this is not a text that you just ‘dip in to’ but is rather a substantive reference text that empowers the reader with an authoritative up-to-date understanding of the subject and controversies raised.

The numerous illustrations are clear and support the text well. The associated online resources and videos are excellent, complementing the written text and providing useful demonstrations of techniques, from how to prepare FNAC slides to percutaneous ethanol ablation and detailing surgical procedures, including robotic and endoscopic approaches.

While not cheap, given the range of authors, Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands does represent excellent value and therefore is highly recommended for those with an interest in this field. It is not however a text for the trainee or consultant that is simply seeking a short overview of thyroid and parathyroid surgery.

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Omar J Hilmi

MB ChB, FRCS, FRCS (ORL HNS), ENT Department, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow, UK.

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