This is an interesting book, written by the professor of surgery at the University of Bern (Switzerland). It discusses diseases of the oral cavity, including those of the teeth, tongue, lips, cheeks and tonsils. Little reference is made to work in this territory accomplished on this side of the Atlantic, so that, on the whole, the volume portrays only the European viewpoint toward oral medicine.
The contents are planned logically and deal with many topics on the borderline between dentistry and medicine. One of the book's most engaging features is that no differentiation is made between dentistry and medicine or surgery, the underlying purpose being to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the oral cavity whether the latter be by diet, drugs, hygiene or mechanical means. One gets the impression that oral medicine is expanding rapidly abroad and that cooperative effort between dentists, physicians, surgeons and oral hygienists