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ENT at a Glance? Blink and you'll miss it
on 28 April 2013
I chose this book because I'm a speech and language therapist specialising in the ENT field and was interested to see whether this was the quick reference book I sometimes wish I had on my bookshelf at work. First impressions, it's neatly laid out with well-structured chapters, and useful clinical points in a coloured box at the end of each chapter. At the end of the book, there are sections where you can 'test yourself'. (This was my rationale for giving it 2 stars and not 1).
There are 36 chapters in all, but each chapter is maybe only 2-3 pages long. Topics range from 'Applied anatomy of the ear' through to 'The thryoid gland'. However, the information contained in each chapter is extremely superficial and contains little more than the average Wikipedia entry (and sometimes, a lot less).
No evidence base is provided for any of the treatments or interventions mentioned, and care pathways highlighted are often clinically inaccurate. For example, I was disappointed on a professional level to see that the SLT is not mentioned at all within the chapter aka single page of text on swallowing disorders, despite this role being prominent in standard dysphagia care pathways. There are no references, and no suggestions for further reading. As such this is an disappointingly non-academic piece of work, despite one of the co-authors himself claiming credit for being an academic. I am surprised he's put his academic reputation under scrutiny by linking himself to this book as it's of embarrassingly poor quality.
I couldn't therefore work out who might actually buy this. It is not of robust enough quality either for students or for newly-qualified doctors, and not detailed enough for any medic with a bit of experience. In fact, if this is all you REALLY need to know before you start an ENT rotation, I'm worried. It's not even good enough for allied professionals in the field. I decided in the end that it was probably aimed at the growing market of people who prefer to self-diagnose. Would I recommend this book? Absolutely not.