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November 23, 1940

Oral Surgery

JAMA. 1940;115(21):1827. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810470071038

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This is the companion volume to Mead's Diseases of the Mouth, in which an attempt is made to treat oral disease from the surgical point of view. To this end the author discusses oral bacteriology, surgical technic, the sterile field, anatomic relations and other pertinent material. Adequate discussions are given of methods of extracting teeth, the treatment of fractures of the jaws, infections involving the mouth and neck and other items of interest in this field. One criticism may be directed toward this work, a defect which it shares in common with Mead's Diseases of the Mouth. The text is too long, it is too verbose and the author has an unhappy facility for complicating discussions of treatment with direct quotations from the current literature. This occupies an unnecessary amount of space, making the text unwieldy and difficult to read. Following each chapter is an extended bibliography, but many of

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