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September 1995

Color Atlas of Oral Diseases

Author Affiliations

Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(9):1095-1096. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690210127032

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Color Atlas of Oral Diseases is a thorough overview of conditions seen commonly in oral medicine/oral pathology referral clinics. There is a strong clinical emphasis, and no radiographs or photomicrographs are presented. The color photographs are of exceptional quality, and the accompanying text is concise and informative. The bibliography is extensive, although references are not cited in the text. Separate chapters discuss localized oral lesions including developmental abnormalities, trauma (mechanical, chemical, thermal, and radiation), common infections (bacterial, viral, and fungal), periodontal diseases, salivary gland disorders, cysts, benign tumors, premalignant oral mucosal lesions, and malignancies.

In the chapter on oral precancerous lesions, the author persists with the term leukoplakia. While citing the World Health Organization definition (essentially that oral leukoplakia is a white patch that cannot be classified as a specific disease entity), it is stated that some leukoplakias are tobacco related. By definition, these lesions are more precisely termed smoker's

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