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March 1965

Diseases of the Oral Mucosa.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;81(3):323. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00750050332030

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Tufts Dental School has combined the disciplines of internal medicine and dermatology with those of dentistry and oral histopathology in their course of oral medicine. From the course, with its 38-year history, has emerged this current textbook of modern stomatology.

The book is written in an easy didactic style directed toward the senior dental student. The authors' aim to cover the field broadly has been achieved, but in so doing depth has been lost. As an isolated illustrative example of this criticism one may turn to the discussion of extensive acid or alkali burns of the mouth where, after advising the patient over the telephone to rinse the mouth with copious amounts of water, narcotics are recommended for pain, but no caution has been suggested to the student to look beyond the mouth for further burns or even see the patient, for that matter. This is an error which could

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