In a field in which books abound, there has long been a major void. While we have books dedicated to audiology and to anatomy, surgery, and even immunology of the ear, no recent undertaking has tackled the difficult task of putting all of the disciplines that deal with the ear and hearing under one title. Can we look to this two-volume set to fill the void?
The editors are highly respected educators and practitioners of otolaryngology with strong otologic credentials. Europe and Australia are well represented among the 87 contributors. However, the North American contingency heavily favors Canada and New York, home base of the editors.
The 73 chapters are organized in a logical sequence. The first nine deal with the basic sciences. The next 11 chapters are concerned with diagnosis. The third section covers pathology and pathophysiology in 14 chapters. Volume 2 dedicates its 38 chapters to therapy.