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Certain texts tower above all others. Their appearance in the medical literature often marks the gathering together into a single volume of contributions hitherto published in many journals and texts. Thoma's Oral Pathology, which first appeared in 1941, summarized the then available knowledge in this field and demonstrated that diseases of the face, jaws, teeth, and oral mucosa had developed a literature worthy of comparison with that of diseases of the eye or other specific anatomical areas.
Professor Thoma was eminently qualified for this undertaking. His background included the general practice of dentistry, the teaching of prosthetic dentistry in the dental school and anatomy in the medical school, authorship of one of the early and outstanding texts on oral roentgenology followed by editorship of a leading dental journal, and then a distinguished career as an oral surgeon. When the first edition appeared he was the Charles A. Brackett Professor of
Boyle PE. Oral Pathology. JAMA. 1961;175(7):638. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040070096046
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