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It will doubtless come as a surprise to many readers to find a work of over 1,500 pages dealing solely with the mouth, jaws and adjacent structures. (Most physicians could tell in a few words all they know about this subject unless they have read widely or have taken it up as a side line.) But here is a further surprise: The work is notable for its omissions, listed by the author. There is nothing here concerning harelip or cleft palate. These are treated in "Oral Pathology," a previous book written by Dr. Thoma. There is nothing about orthodontia, and "another purposeful omission is the topic of surgical prosthesis." What, then, is offered in this massive text? One can do little more than describe the general layout of the volumes.
The book is based on the assumption that the physician should know all that he can about the patient from
Oral Surgery.. Arch Otolaryngol. 1949;50(2):240–241. doi:10.1001/archotol.1949.00700010249011
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