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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robert A. Goepp, DDS, PhD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This book presents surgical pathology for oral surgeons.
Purpose: The purpose is to help the oral surgeon busy in the clinic with new or renewed information about clinical encounters.
Audience: It is written for residents and practitioners in oral medicine and oral surgery, but surgical pathology books are usually written for pathologists.
Features: The book has many excellent color illustrations of microscopic pathology. The microscopic appearance of oral diseases would be of interest for pathologists but would be expected to be only a curiosity for oral surgeons. Aside from fundamental classifications, in rare instances, microscopic appearance may be helpful in the understanding of some peculiar clinical feature that could be an important consideration for patient management. The book is printed in an easily readable format, with clear table of contents and index.
Assessment: The book's value for oral surgeons would be its concise description of oral diseases, giving a surgeon new information or renewal of old information. The book is light, 326 pages, and well indexed. Such are attractive clinical reference features. Thus, the value of this book is unclear because there are a number of other good books with attractive clinical reference features but without the distraction of microscopic illustrations.