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September 24, 1982

Diseases of the Temporomandibular Apparatus: A Multidisciplinary Approach

JAMA. 1982;248(12):1512-1513. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330120066043

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Thirty-seven contributors, representing 12 fields of dentistry, four medical specialities, psychology, and law, have combined efforts to give a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to all aspects of the temporomandibular apparatus. Despite the diversity of authorship and topics covered, the book maintains high standards of organization and readability throughout most of its 34 chapters. The book is very well illustrated with large numbers of highquality drawings and photographs.

The book begins with a section on growth and development that includes the basic sciences relative to the masticatory apparatus, with special emphasis on muscle anatomy and physiology. Part 2 contains nine chapters on diagnostic aspects, including two excellent chapters on the radiology of the temporomandibular apparatus.

Part 3 is concerned with treatment and includes several topics that many will consider controversial. The author of chapter 19, "Acupuncture," justifies the use of this technique to relieve temporomandibular joint pain in order to "remove the