In the preface to this first edition the author states: "As oral lesions may be of a serious nature, sometimes being local in origin and at other times the manifestations of systemic disease, it is important that medical as well as dental practitioners should recognize such lesions and appreciate their significance." With this as a theme, the forty-two chapters which follow are in a logical and comprehensive order.
Another statement made in the preface is "When reviewing the dental tissues, though certain characteristic features are involved, they must not be dissociated from the system as a whole. Thus, when considering various aspects of dental diseases, as well as other oral diseases, it is necessary to utilize the resources and knowledge of a wide scientific field." The extensive bibliographies found at the end of each chapter indicate the author's familiarity with pertinent scientific literature and also furnish the reader with a