This book was designed primarily to be a reference book for nonotolaryngology physicians. As we know, a large percentage of a primary care practice deals with diseases of the head and neck. It is commendable that the authors have undertaken the task of writing a concise, readable, easy-to-find book aimed at assisting these busy practitioners.
Although the majority of the book is fundamental for otolaryngologists, there are sections that will assist them in physiology, embryology, and differential diagnosis. The chapters on mucous membranes of the ear, nose, and throat and anatomy and physiology of the ear are well written, with considerable information available for an otolaryngologist. The chapter entitled "Childhood Hearing Loss: Medical/Genetic Conciderations" is likewise of value to the otolaryngologist and the pediatrician. That section contains a good approach to childhood hearing loss and a listing of the more common diseases that affect the auditory system. This book was