Burkets Oral Medicine remains a comprehensive text of medical disease affecting the mouth, which will be used by students and residents
The first edition of this pioneering text titled Oral Medicine: Diagnosis and Treatment, was published in 1946 just after World War II. The text was written entirely by one man, Dr. Lester W. Burket, with the exception of a small section on “Oral Aspects of Aviation Medicine” written by a major in the Dental Corps, Dr. Alvin Goldhush. In this preface, Dr. Burket wrote that “Oral Medicine discusses the many important relationships between oral and systemic disease and it suggests opportunities for a more universal and intimate cooperation between medical and dental practitioners in giving the best possible health service to our common patients.”
We believe that the 11th edition of this text follows the example set by Dr. Burket and provides the clinician with an up-to-date description of all major aspects of the science and practice of modern Oral Medicine, with the goal to enable the clinician to provide the best health service to their patients.
During the past decade, the field of Oral Medicine has expanded in both scope and complexity and it is no longer possible for one author or even one editor to have the expertise to write or oversee a majority of a book such as Burket’s Oral Medicine. In order to accommodate the new knowledge, a third editor, Dr. Jonathan Ship,
was added and four entirely new chapters and 27 new authors of international prominence and expertise were invited to coauthor chapters.
The first chapter of this text presents a basic but also an innovative approach to the evaluation and assessment of patients. It provides the necessary tools to properly evaluate and treat patients with acute and chronic health conditions, which is imperative when considering our aging and more medically complex population Several chapters have been entirely rewritten by new authors including the chapters on Red and White Lesions, Pigmented Lesions, Neuromuscular Diseases, Renal Disease, Hematologic Disease, and Immunology.
For the first time in Burkets Oral Medicine, a comprehensive guide to the use of pharmacotherapeutics is available. This chapter provides the entire scope of medical management of major disorders in Oral Medicine for practicing clinicians with detailed information on prescribing drugs in accompanying tables.
The chapters on Ulcerative, Vesicular and Bullous lesions as well as the chapters on Benign Tumors and Oral Cancer have been extensively rewritten with the addition of a new group of color photos and a more clinician-friendly format for the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of these common oral diseases.
An increasingly important discipline in Oral Medicine is the diagnosis and management pain syndromes, and this portion of the text has been enhanced with the addition of a chapter devoted to Headache. There is also a major revision of advances in Orofacial Pain syndromes and Temporomandibular disorders.
The chapter on Salivary Diseases has also been revised and provides a state-ofthe-art overview of this growing field. Details are provided on clinical presentation, diagnosis including imaging using new multimodal techniques, and treatment. A new section has been added on siallorhea and its pharmacological and surgical treatment options.