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October 1953

Oral Surgery.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1953;58(4):518. doi:10.1001/archotol.1953.00710040540022

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This is the first revision by Dr. Thoma of his classic work in oral surgery. In keeping with advances made since World War II, he has added new chapters on the use of chemotherapy and antibiotics. The treatments for acquired jaw defects and surgical deformities have been grouped together in a separate section. Recent advances in local and general anesthesia have also warranted a separate chapter.

The first four chapters of the book, dealing with the principles of surgery, general care of the patient, anesthesiology, and antibiotics, seem overly simplified. However, since the author expressly intended this book primarily for undergraduate dental students and general practitioners of dentistry and medicine, this is justified. He has made a wise decision in omitting general pathological discussion, referring his readers to "Oral Pathology."

Numerous case histories and illustrations are used to great advantage. The detailed descriptions of surgical procedures make this a very

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