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July 4, 1936

Clinical Diagnosis of Diseases of the Mouth: A Guide for Students and Practitioners of Dentistry and Medicine

JAMA. 1936;107(1):69-70. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770270071037

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This book is designed "to serve students and practitioners of dentistry and medicine as a practical aid in their special and common endeavors respectively to prevent and cure diseases of the mouth, through the development of skill in oral diagnosis." In the introductory chapters there is appropriate emphasis of the close relation between oral and general pathologic changes which dictates a very careful appraisement of both local and general systemic observations. Significant items for consideration and record in examination are carefully outlined. These chapters are followed by discussion of a comprehensive list of diseases that contribute oral lesions. Objective, subjective and laboratory elements in diagnosis are considered, with frequent illustration of gross and microscopic tissue changes. Each entity is discussed under the headings of definition, etiology, symptomatology and treatment. There is perhaps some weakness with respect to differential diagnosis. Comment under the sections devoted to treatment is terse and practical,

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