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October 22, 1955

Practical Oral Surgery

JAMA. 1955;159(8):827. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960250089049

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This small book, begun as a textbook for undergraduate dental students, is believed by its author to have "taken the form of a handbook of what the dentist in general practice should know about oral surgery." Both these purposes have been admirably accomplished by the use of a sequential approach to each problem and a profuse use of excellent illustrations that include line drawings, wash drawings, photographs, and roentgenograms. Captions of illustrations are concise, as is the text material, which is presented in an expanded outline form. The absence of the traditional chapter on local anesthesia may be a disadvantage to some possible purchasers. The chapters on hospital practice, drugs and pharmaceutical preparations, and the art of practice are entirely new to textbooks of oral surgery and appear to be ample justification for the book. The style is concise, the printing excellent, and the index complete. To those for whom

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