To the Editor.—
I read the May 19 issue1 of JAMA with interest. The summary of advances in the various subdivisions of medicine were interesting and enlightening. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is both a dentist and a physician, I want to point out that my specialty has undergone many significant changes, with major advances in the understanding of facial pain and certain chronic head and neck pain syndromes, including a much more in-depth understanding of temporomandibular joint problems and how they relate to maxillofacial deformities. I hope it will be included in future issues of CONTEMPO.
Editorial Note. —
In our last year's CONTEMPO issue our inability to find room for every specialty crushed a rheumatologist, disturbed two experts in physical medicine and rehabilitation, saddened and amazed a plastic surgeon, and disappointed a forensic pathologist. An explanation was offered by its editor, Jody W. Zylke, MD.