Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a complete guide to oral and maxillofacial surgery for dental students
Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the natural outcome of having worked at one of the prime dental teaching institutes in India, where there is abundance of variety of clinical materials and excellent infrastructure, with my teachers, colleagues and good friends over the past twenty-seven years in various capacities. This text also represents many years of combined clinical research and experience at our institute.
The field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has witnessed significant changes over the last two decades.These changes have improved our knowledge and understanding of the diagnosis and management of oral and maxillofacial surgical problems. The basic aim of this textbook is to incorporate this updated information and provide concise description of various oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures and current concepts and contemporary information.
The unique feature of this book is that it incorporates all of those various subjects, which are usually found in separate textbooks. We have taken efforts to present every chapter with updated text and to provide clear illustrations, wherever required.
The information given and the chapters mentioned in this book are based on the curriculum prescribed for undergraduate programme for all universities in India.
We felt the need to incorporate the extensive section on anaesthesiology, as this aspect is not covered adequately in currently available standard textbooks in the subject. For the first time in the history, the anaesthesiology chapters are supplemented with colour illustrations.
It has been observed that the current trend of the undergraduate students is not to refer to many textbooks, may be because of either the time factor or the lack of availability of books etc. We, therefore, desired to accommodate maximum information in one single textbook. (Local anaesthesia is not included, as many good books are available). The purpose of this book is to present as lucid and simple text as possible in the point format, without sacrificing the biological concepts.
Pains taking efforts are also made to create illustrations and to provide maximum clinical pictures in most of the chapters, which is an essential feature of the book.
The earlier publications by our predecessors and prominent workers in the field served as a valuable source of reference material for this book.
Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is basically intended for dental undergraduates, but would certainly be useful for postgraduates, general practitioners and teachers in the field.
I humbly request the teachers throughout the country to give suggestions, contributions for future additions. As we begin with the first century of the new millennium, we hope that this textbook will provide the data and reference source to assist the clinician and others to face the oral and maxillofacial problems.
“Never must the physician say the disease is incurable. By that admission he denies God, our creator, he doubts Nature with her profuseness of hidden powers and misteries.”