Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology provides state-of-the-art information on the wide variety of diseases that may affect the oral and maxillofacial region
About every seven years now, we receive a (dreaded?) phone call from our kindly editor suggesting that the time has arrived for us to write an updated edition of our textbook. This generally is followed by a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth on the part of the authors—probably akin to the sound of children who have been asked to clean up their bedrooms. Just like children who may not see the necessity of changing their bed sheets, we often do not immediately appreciate the importance of revising our textbook. However, once the task is undertaken, the need becomes readily obvious.
It has become somewhat of a cliché to comment on how rapidly the world of dentistry and medicine is changing, but nothing could be closer to the truth. Admittedly, some areas seem to change very little (Fordyce granules will always be Fordyce granules). However, the expansion of our knowledge in many areas has been dramatic and, sometimes, even transformative (e.g., the relationship between high-risk strains of human papillomavirus and oropharyngeal carcinoma).
In addition to a complete update of information on previous topics, we also introduce a variety of new entities to this fourth edition, such as globodontia, lobodontia, localized juvenile spongiotic gingival hyperplasia, oral leishmaniasis, oral lesions associated with cosmetic fillers, IgG4-related disease, and mammary analogue secretory carcinoma of salivary gland origin. A total of 154 new images have been added, and we are greatly indebted to our many colleagues who have shared their excellent teaching photographs with us. We have attempted to be as thorough as possible in listing credit for these images. However, if someone’s name has been inadvertently omitted, please accept our apologies.
A significant change in authorship has occurred in this fourth edition with the retirement of Dr. Jerry Bouquot, whose valuable efforts will be greatly missed. However, we are delighted and fortunate to add Dr. Angela Chi as fullfledged author/editor for this fourth edition, following up on the valuable contributions that she made to the third edition. Our great appreciation goes again to Dr. Edward Herschaft, who has updated his excellent chapter on Forensic Dentistry. We also thank Dr. Theresa Gonzales for her help with the revision of the chapter on Facial Pain and Neuromuscular Diseases. In addition, we must acknowledge the excellent guidance provided by the staff at Elsevier for their hard work and support in making Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology a success. Special praise goes to Courtney Sprehe, Marquita Parker, and Kathy Falk for all of their efforts in the editorial process.