Editors: David W. Kennedy, MD, and Peter H. Hwang, MD.
Medical Illustrator: Christine Gralapp, MA, CMI
Foreword by:
Heinz R. Stammberger, MD, Hon. FRCS (Ed.), Hon, FRCS (Eng.), Hon, FACS – is Professor and Head of the Department of General ENT – Head and Neck Surgery – at Medical University Graz in Graz, Austria
: Thieme – 776 pages
Book Review by
: Nano Khilnani

This textbook and its accompanying digital video disc has been developed to provide a comprehensive resource for head and neck surgeons, neurosurgeons, otololaryngologists,  medical residents and students.

This book contains 54 chapters grouped around four Parts:

  1. Sinonasal Anatomy and Physiology
  2. Medical Aspects of Sinonasal Disease
  3. Surgical Aspects of Sinonasal Disease
  4. Surgical Aspects of Skull Base Disease

Among the key features of this textbook are:

  • Comprehensive coverage of sinonasal anatomy and physiology, as well as the medical and surgical aspects of sinonasal disease and skull base tumors
  • A substantial section on endoscopic skull base surgery
  • Over 100 detailed color illustrations by medical artist Christine Gralapp, along with over 600 photos and radiographs
  • A DVD containing 21 professionally produced videos, narrated by Dr. Kennedy, and showing various contributors demonstrating the key pearls and pitfalls of surgical techniques discussed in the book

Dr. Stammberger who wrote the Foreword for this book, notes importantly that the development of the endoscope has led to a dramatically improved understanding of disorders and diseases by specialists in this field, with its ability to look into the most remote parts and recesses of the nose and sinuses.

With this tool, clinicians and scientists are able to explore in detail the allergic, immunologic, infective, and inflammatory backgrounds of the diseases in the sinonasal system and tract. He points out that from the beginnings of transnasal endoscopic surgery in the early 1970s, the endoscope has enabled a degree of sophistication in exploration and treatment that was unimaginable 20 or even 10 years ago.

You will be able to see in this book and accompanying DVD, numerous black-and-white and full-color images seen through the endoscope, as well as videos pertaining to that part of the head. This extensive book also contains various charts, illustrations, and photos of patients and procedures. You will also see the surgical instruments and tools, and machines to help you better understand the subject matter covered in each of the 50-plus chapters of this book.

The chapters essentially cover numerous surgical procedures. The material is presented very systematically. For example chapter 34 – Surgery of the Septum and Turbinates – begins with an introductory paragraph: “Septoplasty and turbinate procedures are among the most commonly performed surgical procedures in otolaryngology. This chapter reviews the surgical anatomy, indications and techniques of commonly performed septal and turbinate procedures.”

This is followed by discussion of the topics and subtopics within the chapter’s coverage area, with graphics provided to facilitate understanding. Topics discussed in this chapter are: Surgery of the Septum; Surgery of the Inferior Turbinate; and Surgery of the Middle Turbinate. Most topics include subtopics such as: Patient Selection/Indications, Diagnostic Workup, Surgical Anatomy, Surgical Technique, Complications, Postoperative Care, Outcomes, and Conclusion. A list of numerous References is provided for your further study.

The accompanying DVD on the inside back cover contains 21 videos showing various anatomical views and surgical procedures.

The editors named below have done a great job in this book of obtaining the latest information and insight from more 130 of the top experts in their field around the world. They have expertly compiled, organized, edited and presented that knowledge (and their own) in this book, acknowledged as one of the best in rhinology and skull base surgery.

David W. Kennedy, MD is Rhinology Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine in the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is past President of AAO-NHS and has been awarded the Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year for Clinical Excellence, among many other honors.

Peter H. Hwang, MD is Professor and Chief of the Division of Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California