Otologic Surgery, 2nd Edition

Otologic Surgery, 2nd Edition

Book Reviews Atlas of Otologic Surgery. Newton J. Coker, Herman A. Jenkins. Saunders, Philadelphia, PA, 2001, 704 pages, illustrated. Atlas of Otologi...

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Book Reviews Atlas of Otologic Surgery. Newton J. Coker, Herman A. Jenkins. Saunders, Philadelphia, PA, 2001, 704 pages, illustrated. Atlas of Otologic Surgery by Coker and Jenkins was designed to represent an “in-depth atlas” of otologic and neuro-otologic surgery. To this end, the book is a compilation of text and illustrations of the commonly performed otologic and neuro-otologic procedures. In contrast to other widely used atlases on this topic, this book was written exclusively by the authors, making it very easy to read because it avoids the conflicting writing styles that occur with many different contributors. Despite the restricted authorship, the writers also present substantial detail regarding the various options for the surgical management of each particular ear disease. For instance, the chapter on stapedectomy and stapedotomy covers both small and large fenestra techniques, as well as the use of piston and bucket-handle types of prostheses. This type of approach is useful for both the experienced and novice otologic surgeon. The illustrations are high quality and representative of the actual anatomy. Furthermore, the book is adequately referenced with a number of supporting articles for further reading. There are few areas that are incompletely covered. Specifically, the chapter on cochlear implantation has no discussion regarding the use of split-electrode arrays for the ossified cochlea or modiolar-hugging electrodes. Moreover, the postauricular-C incision featured in this chapter is somewhat outdated, although the alternative “hockey-stick” incision in shown. Nevertheless, this book represents an excellent compilation of the common otologic and neuro-otologic procedures and provides a number of useful “pearls” for both the experienced and inexperienced surgeon. This textbook is recommended for all otolaryngology training programs and should be found on the reference shelves in most medical libraries. Craig Buchman, MD Chapel Hill, NC Otologic Surgery, 2nd Edition. Derald E. Brackmann, MD, Clough Shelton, MD, and Moises Arriaga, MD. Saunders, Philadelphia, PA, 2001, 736 pages, illustrated.


This book represents a comprehensive work and covers all aspects of surgery of the ear and skull base, with more than 700 pages and 600 illustrations. It is a second edition of a textbook that was published and very well received in 1994. This last decade has seen explosive growth in otologic surgery in the fields of implantable hearing devices and surgical techniques, and Dr Brackmann has updated this text accordingly. New chapters have been added that discuss surgical implantable hearing aids, skull base approaches, and rehabilitation of the lower cranial nerves. To reflect the rapidly evolving changes in the field, many of the chapters from the first edition have been appropriately updated. The book has more than 63 chapters written by more than 50 recognized experts in the field. Although this does not represent a surgical atlas, per se, the chapters typically are well written, succinct, and well illustrated. The hundreds of illustrations are beautifully done line drawings and half tones, all by the same artist, giving the book an overall consistent look that is often lacking in a textbook of this type, which assists in resident education. One of the greatest strengths of this book lies in its diversity. Dr Brackmann and the other editors have successfully been able to attract contributing authors with different techniques and surgical philosophies to present an unbiased and eclectic approach toward the various surgical interventions. For example, there are seven chapters dealing with surgery for otosclerosis, representing stapedotomy, total and partial stapedectomy, and primary and revision laser stapes surgery. This does not at all suggest that the subject matter is too esoteric for the occasional ear surgeon, because there are also chapters on middle ear ventilation, external canal problems, and uncomplicated tympanoplasty. The subject matter is complete and well represented. I highly recommend this textbook to all otolaryngologists, including residents, clinicians, and subspecialists. The work is succinct enough to make it suitable for a resident preparing for a new surgical case the next morning, but complete enough to allow a fellowship-trained neurotologist to maintain diversity and stay abreast of current changes in the field. John Dornhoffer, MD Little Rock, Arkansas

American Journal of Otolaryngology, Vol 23, No 4 (July-August), 2002: p 262