Concise Oral Medicine 1st Edition is primarily meant for the undergraduate dental students
After Concise Oral Radiology was well-received by the undergraduate students, I had the temptation of compiling a similar text on oral medicine and for this endeavor I was encouraged and even goaded by many PG students and lecturers.
The basic motive behind this venture is to present important aspects of oral medicine readily available in various textbooks in a nutshell, to help the exam-going students too hard pressed for time to refer to various books.
Again I would make no claim regarding the originality of the text in Concise Oral Medicine, on the other hand I may be guilty of ruthlessly cutting down on a lot of information with the primary aim of keeping the text short and simple.
During my tenure as a student and a teacher, I had the privilege of learning this subject under the erudite guidance of stalwarts of oral medicine in India namely Dr Girish Merchant, Dr Aspi Surveyor, Dr Jakhi, Dr Ani John, Dr Bharati Parekh and Dr RN Mody. I will forever remain indebted to these dedicated teachers. In fact this text has its roots in the notes made during their lectures.
Compilation of this book, however, concise, was a challenge to my lazy nature and sceptical attitude and without the active participation of many individuals, it would have been impossible to accomplish this task. Dr Eswaran Ramaswamy and Dr Akshay Chaturmohatta spearheaded the venture by compiling the first few chapters. Dr Harsha Puri, Dr Amruta Bandal and Dr Ashish Talanje were lecturers in the department and of great help in this venture. I relied heavily on the selfless efforts provided by lecturers Dr Suvarna Sawant, Dr Hasan Ali, Dr Prashant Salve, Dr Kavita Amale and postgraduate students Dr Manasi Kajale, Dr Minakshi Hivarkar, Dr Priyanka Verma, Dr Pooja Jain, Dr Ajas Gogri, Dr Deepika Khurana, Dr Sunita Kakade and I express my heartfelt gratitude to all of them and many others whom I might have failed to mention.
I owe a debt of gratitude to Dr Smriti Khanna, Lecturer, Oral Pathology, for diligent proof reading of a few chapters and Dr Nitin with artistic talent for the line diagrams and also to Mr Ashish Jalamkar and Mr Vikas Jadhav for converting old departmental slides into good quality pictures.
Dr Shruti Shah was ever helpful and efficiently completed the laborious task of adding the color pictures with legend and overall preparation of the manuscript. I am extremely grateful to Dr Nandita Gupta for the preparation of index and Dr Varun Manek for providing constructive criticism which helped in improving the content of the Concise Oral Medicine.
I consider myself blessed, that I am associated with Government Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai, a great institution which has always encouraged me and almost all the cases presented in this text belong to the patients attending the heavy OPD of GDCH and obtained with courtesy from the ever helpful staff and PG students.