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June 16, 1962

Clinical Endodontics: A Manual of Scientific Endodontics

JAMA. 1962;180(11):990. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050240086034

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This book is a manual and it is undoubtedly useful to students. It is well arranged, but somewhat elementary in its approach. Although the authors discuss in detail methods of sterilization, several photographs show a receptacle for cold sterilization on the tray. This is a temptation both to the student and practitioner. Cold "sterilization" is impractical and ineffectual because of the length of time required.

The chapter on local anesthesia is antiquated. The term "inferior mandibular" is incorrect. Some of the procedures recommended, such as the "peridental injection," are of doubtful value. The chapter on traumatic injuries is excellent. The philosophy of root canal therapy versus tooth loss, including the economic aspects, merits discussion. The student must learn the practical aspects of management and the volume would be enhanced by such a chapter. I searched for a discussion of the single stage root canal filling and root amputation without success.

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