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October 13, 1956

A Manual of Oral Surgery: a Step-by-Step Atlas of Operative Techniques

JAMA. 1956;162(7):693-694. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970240075031

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This textbook is made up of two essential parts. The first deals with strictly dental problems: extraction of teeth; apicoectomy; oral, face, and neck infections; cysts of the oral cavity; and complications associated with oral surgery. The chapters in this section are well written and accurately informative and should be a valuable asset to the library of any dentist. The second part contains a long dissertation on the management of facial fractures. It is written from the dental point of view and would not be acceptable to a well-trained surgeon. Too much emphasis is placed on the use of various mechanical gadgets, such as external pin fixation and traction from plaster head-cap gear or traction suspension apparatus. A good surgeon would not subject his patient to the use of these cumbersome and antiquated procedures because of their many potential complications. If a jaw fracture cannot be treated with some type

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