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June 9, 1945

Essentials of Oral Surgery

JAMA. 1945;128(6):471. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860230075030

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It is well to remember that this book is intended chiefly as a guide in surgery to the dental student. The book admirably fulfils its primary object. Of necessity, much of the text is elementary. It seems advisable to include under surgical precautions that no patient should be operated on unless there has been a complete and thorough history and examination to eliminate possibility of cardiorenal disease, blood dyscrasias and diabetes because such conditions require special preparations for surgery. Too few dentists take this precaution. The section on fractures of the jaws is by far one of the best features of the book. It contains the most essential elements and principles of treatment of injuries of the maxillofacial bones. The illustrations are excellent, but the reproductions of the roentgenograms are not as clear as they might be. The authors are to be commended for including the subject of "snapping jaws"

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