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The XI IAPO Manual of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology is a very useful resource for all practitioners working in an ENT-related field that wish to be kept informed of the latest research and development in paediatric ENT. This is published by the Interamerican Association of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology and the book is divided into five sections: General Considerations; Mouth, Head and Neck; Nose and Sinus; Ear; and Hearing and Communication Disorders.

This is not a textbook with detailed pathophysiology or anatomy illustrations, but instead can be viewed as a collation of the latest publications or advancements in the field without the reader having to subscribe to multiple journals. Some chapters provide a concise summary of a topic using recent publications as evidence, while others are direct reprints of research articles from the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. The section on General Considerations is especially interesting as it includes topics such as history, philosophy and public health issues. In this edition, there was a chapter on the practice of ENT in ancient Egypt and it is interesting to note how little has changed in the underlying concepts surrounding diagnosis and treatment despite the passage of time.

I rate this book 3.5/5, purely because it is now in its 17th version. What is perhaps more valuable and definitely a 5/5 resource is their website ( It has digital versions of current and previous manuals which are freely accessible to all. The articles are available in three languages, English, Spanish and Portuguese, and is truly a unique and valuable resource for healthcare professionals around the world. This is definitely useful for on-the-go bite-sized updates on topics you are interested in or a refresher for those who might not venture into paediatric ENT very often.

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E Tian Tan

Barnsley Hospital, UK.

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