This is an excellent compendium of vestibular disorders, edited by two of the leading figures in otolaryngology. It is also a tribute to one of the most extraordinary colleagues, David Pothier, plucked tragically in his prime after a heroic battle with a cruel illness. In their dedication his co-editor, Jane Lea, describes him as a “top man” whilst Tony Narula states how David “carried the torch of ENT research, with focus, passion and scientific rigour”. This is evident throughout the book.
This is a compact yet detailed and up-to-date treatise on vestibular disorders. The contributors are international authorities in their own area of expertise in balance disorders. Hence each chapter is designed not only to impart knowledge but also to equip a busy practitioner with state-of-the-art management tools for many common and complex conditions. A broad spectrum of current treatment strategies and new diagnostic tools are covered in a very succinct fashion. The editors have ensured that vertigo, imbalance and dizziness are clarified throughout the book. Clinical assessment and vestibular testing are expertly handled covering the salient points but without the boredom of the irrelevant science that often clutters and clogs these chapters elsewhere.
I particularly liked the sections on Age and the Vestibular System. Unlike many vestibular books which miss this out, the book expertly addresses bilateral vestibular hypofunction and gait instability and falls. The section on Multidisciplinary Considerations beautifully handles panic attacks, fear of falling and the newly recognised conditions like PPPD.
This volume now has pride of place on my bookshelf where it is handy for regular ready reference. I wholeheartedly recommend to all of ENT and allied fraternity.