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Cancer of the Head and Neck

Gregory Matz, MD
JAMA. 1990;263(20):2826. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440200132038.
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In the second edition of Myers and Suen's book Cancer of the Head and Neck, the editors state that this text is "intended as a contemporary state-of-the-art depiction of the complex field of head and neck surgery."

Although the editors have assembled a distinguished group of authors for the 40 chapters of this book, it seems to me to be an introductory text and fails as a comprehensive text of head and neck cancer. In reviewing a number of the chapters, I had the impression I was reading a condensed version of a complete chapter. Some of the material appeared to be incomplete. For example, the chapter "Oral Cavity Tumors" failed to mention any role for laser surgery, a major emerging area of treatment of oral-cavity and tongue cancers. In addition, this chapter failed to delineate well the various surgical approaches to oralcavity cancer, especially those techniques applicable to patients


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