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In the preface the author points out that the purpose of his book is "to supply the needed information (as far as present knowledge permits) not only as it relates to periodontoclasia but in the entire field of periodontology.... It is intended to present the subject in as concise and simple a form as possible, since the busy practitioner is interested in its clinical rather than scientific aspect." The author has succeeded in presenting his material in such a concise and simple form that it should be easy reading for the "busy practitioner," but one is led to wonder, if the author had judiciously mixed more of the scientific with the clinical material, whether the same busy practitioner would not have had a better foundation on which to build a more rational and less empirical approach to the treatment of periodontal disease.
In the short chapter on classification of periodontal
Periodontal Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment. JAMA. 1940;114(20):2053. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810200081029