Differential Diagnosis of Oral and Maxillofacial Lesions provides students and practitioners with essential diagnostic information for clinical problems
The purposes of this book remain the same: (1) to serve as an interface textbook between oral pathology/oral medi- cine/oral radiology and clinical practice, (2) to simplify the classification of lesions by clinical or radiographic ap- pearances, and (3) to help the practitioner arrive at a work- ing (clinical) diagnosis through the differential diagnosis process.
The expanded title of this edition to include maxillofa- cial lesions gives a truer indication of the regions covered. Lesions of the face, neck, lips, and jawbones are covered, as well as lesions of the oral soft tissues. This also follows the trend set in recent years by oral pathology, oral surgery, and oral radiology academies and some journals.
The present edition represents a major overhaul. This is due in part to the author’s other responsibilities during the preparation of the previous edition, which precluded heavy revision. Much new information has appeared dur- ing the last 5 years as well. The following housekeeping chores have been rigorously attended to: (1) redundaney has been significantly reduced: (2) more crispness of ex- pression, simpler sentence structure, and clarity of word- ing has been accomplished for improved readability and understanding: (3) up-to-the-minute references have been introduced and selected older ones retained; (4) the refer- ence style has been changed from author names to num- bers for both conciseness and unhindered thought: and (5) pictures have been cropped judiciously so that the le- sion is shown with just enough anatomic landmarks to identify location. This makes the lesion itself larger. clearer, and more prominent.
The followin Chapter 2, discussion of the patient history section andaj detailed treatment of radiologic views have been deleted or condensed because more thorough works are available from other sources. This leaves room for deeper discus- sion of material more pertinent to our book. Some rank- ing of lesions according to frequency has been changed because of new literature and quiet reflection. Some fairly common lesions left out of former editions have been included in this edition. More rarities gathered from the monthly journals have been included in their proper place, often with references. changes have been made in content.