Editors: James Paul O’Neill, MD and Jatin P. Shah, MD. Associate Editors: Ian Ganly, MD; Luc G.T. Morris, MD; Snehal Patel, MD; Ashok Shaha, MD; and Bhuvanesh Singh, MD.
: Elsevier Saunders – 265 pages
Book Review by
: Nano Khilnani

This is a unique book for residents and practitioners in otolaryngology, oncology and surgical fields relating to them to test their book-based and practical knowledge and insight on various abnormalities, ailments, diseases and disorders of the head and neck, including these particular anatomical parts named below (the book’s table of contents) as well as their diagnosis, treatment and prognosis:

  1. Skin
  2. Eyelids and Orbit
  3. Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinuses
  4. Skull Base
  5. Lips and Oral Cavity
  6. Pharynx and Esophagus
  7. Larynx and Trachea
  8. Cervical Lymph Nodes
  9. Thyroid and Parathyroid
  10. Salivary Glands
  11. Neurogenic Tumors and Paragangliomas
  12. Soft Tissue Tumors
  13. Bone Tumors and Odontogenic Tumors
  14. Reconstructive Surgery
  15. Oncological Dentistry: Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Implants
  16. Radiation Oncology
  17. Chemotherapy
  18. Radiology
  19. Pathology
  20. Molecular Oncology
  21. Surgical Anatomy
  22. Nutrition
  23. Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Twenty-three specialists in head and neck surgery, oncology, and otolaryngology, as well as allied medical and surgical fields such as biostatistics, dentistry, epidemiology, ophthalmology, pathology, radiology, and others, authored the 23 chapters of this book. Most of these contributors are from the United States, but a number of them are from Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

The format of this book is interesting and unusual but very useful. It enables you the student or practitioner, to learn something you may not yet know, or refresh your particular or specific knowledge by testing yourself. You can then study more on the areas you may find yourself weak in, and retest yourself on those areas.

Each chapter of this book as listed above, provides these to you, in the following order :

  • True / False Questions
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Best Choice
  • Answers
  • Core Knowledge  – important points on each condition, disorder, or disease
  • Suggested Reading

Images are presented for you to see and answer the questions on them. Photos of a variety of actual surgical procedures are shown to you, as well as detailed full-color drawings, black-and-white radiographs, x-rays, and other visuals. Learning from this book and reinforcing your knowledge can help you more effectively tackle problems and issues your patients face,

These are the benefits you can derive from this book:

  • Test your expertise. Various forms of self-assessment include true/false statements and multiple-choice questions throughout.
  • Take advantage of patient and case histories accompanied by real-life photographs and scans.
  • Reference the correct answer to every question, which is followed by a bulleted list of the minimum core knowledge required for that particular area.
  • Access the most current information on new technologies, outcomes data, results of clinical trials, and future directions.
  • Further your research with a list of suggested readings included in each chapter.
  • Search the full text online at Expert Consult.

You can get more valuable information from another allied website – www.ClinicalKey.com.

This search engine of Elsevier Saunders is specially designed for doctors by providing them:

1. Comprehensive Content – the most current, evidence-based answers available for every medical and surgical specialty.

2. Trusted Answers – content supplied by Elsevier, the world’s leading provider of health and science information

3. Unrivaled Speed to Answer – faster, more relevant clinical answers, so you can spend less time searching and more time caring for your patients

This book also serves as a valuable handy reference guide to the answers you seek in your practice on the numerous questions that come to your mind.



James Paul O’Neill, MD, MB, FRCSI, MMSc, MBA, ORL-HNS is Professor of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland; and Consultant in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.

Jatin P. Shah, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS (Hon), FDSRCS (Hon), FRACS (Hon) is Chief of Head and Neck Service and E.W. Strong Chairman in Head and Neck Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and Professor of Surgery at West Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in New York, New York.

Associate Editors: 
Ian Ganly, MD
Luc G,T. Morris, MD
Snehal Patel, MD
Ashok Shaha, MD
Bhuvanesh Singh, MD 

George C. Bohle III, DDS
Jeffrey Chang-Jen Liu, MD
Natalya Chernichenko, MD
Mark D. DeLacure, MD, FACS
Matthew Fury, MD, PhD
Ian Ganly, MD, PhD, FRCS
Babak Givi, MD
Allen S. Ho, MD
Nora Katabi, MD
Nancy Lee, MD
Ellie Maghami, MD, FACS
Arash Mohebati, MD
Lu G.T. Morris, MD, MSc
Iain James Nixon, PhD
Caitriona O’Neill, PhD, BSc (Pharm)
James Paul O’Neill, MD, MB, FRCSI, MMSc, MBA, ORL-HNS
Daniel Louis Price, MD
Rahmatullah Rahmati, MD
Nadeem Riaz, MD
Patrick Sheahan, MD, MB, FRCSI (OR-HONS)
Andrew Shuman, MD
Hilda Stambuk, MD
Volkert Wreesman, MD, PhD