Under this heading we will notice some points of interest connected with dental surgery and pathology, although the cause and history of these diseases are so numerous that it will be almost impossible to do more than briefly allude to some of the most common forms met with by dental surgeons, every one of whom ought to have such a knowledge of the affections of the oral cavity that they might, with some degree of certainty, determine what the causes are, their pathology, diagnosis, and their treatment. Especially should we know the morbid growths which can occur, whether benign or malignant, so that we may early diagnose the case, and if we do not care to take such cases for treatment, to warn our patient to consult a surgeon.
Unhappily, the question as to whether dentistry is a specialty of medicine still exists. Even such a man as Prof. Norman
LATHAM VA. DISEASES OF THE MAXILLARY BONES AND THEIR PERIOSTEUM.Read in the Section on Dental and Oral Surgery, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.. JAMA. 1893;XXI(27):994–1001. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420790002002
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