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August 1979

Textbook of Practical Oral Surgery

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edited by Daniel E. Waite, 600 pp, with illus, $34, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger Inc, 1978.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1979;105(8):503. doi:10.1001/archotol.1979.00790200065014

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The author has attempted to cover a very broad subject in a 600-page textbook that, by necessity, eliminates a detailed discussion of many topics. It is well written and the information in most chapters is supplemented by numerous photographs and illustrations. The book is "directed primarily at dental students" and with this purpose in mind, the depth of material covered may be appropriate. However, for the resident or practitioner of otolaryngology, most of the book is too superficial or inappropriate to be of much value. Specifically, the chapters on basic medicine, operating room protocol, and general supportive therapy are much too simplistic.

Entire texts have been devoted to tumors of the oral cavity, so to relegate this important subject to a 30-page chapter obviously diminishes the coverage. There are very few photomicrographs, which are essential to any discussion of pathology. Furthermore, the author of the chapter provides only a brief