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July 6, 1901

Oral Surgery. A Text-Book on General Medicine and Surgery as Applied to Dentistry.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(1):41. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470270047025

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This little volume is intended especially for the "practicing dentist." The author says that "general pathology can in no way differ from pathological changes in the mouth up to a certain period, etc." While the clumsily expressed principle outlined herein is to a certain extent correct, still the subject is treated in a very superficial manner. Special works on general medical subjects for the dental practitioner were once needed, but since the specialty is a department of medicine such works are no longer required. The author offsets unsound dictum by the remark that "some knowledge of all these subjects, however, is necessary." Dental specialists, however, require as much medical training as ophthalmologists, rhinologists, otologists, etc.

The oral surgeon will gain no general knowledge from this book, at least not sufficient to pay for the time lost in its perusal. The oral or dental surgeon is hungry for general pathology and

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