Religion and Bereavement. Dr. Austin H. Kutscher and Lillian G. Kutscher. New York, 1972, H e a t h Sciences Publishing Corporation. 224 pages. Price $12.50. Those of us who feel responsible for comforting the bereaved often find ourselves at a loss to express adequately our genuine sympathy and concern. This book is designed to assist us in aiding those who sorrow. The authors' reasoning suggests that Christianity does not present an option for escape from our situations of deprlvement by death, but it does offer us conquest of circumstances (i.e., bereavement). Every reader appreciates a literary work that is readable, descriptive, and clear. You will certainly not be disappointed with this body of material. The various articles are concise and represent unity of organization. The illustrations used are relevant and applicable, as they confront the major issues surrounding sorrow, emotionai shock, and memories. This material is organized to be a resource tool rather than to be absorbed in a single sitting. Its best usage would be as a personal library reference work. The book has quality binding and sizable print for easy reading. Ecumenical is probably the best expression of the authors' religious approach in this book. What is m a n ? Who is m a n ? Why death? Such questions are thoroughly answered. Love is presented as being stronger than death, the great equalizer of humanity. The whole drama of humanity is acted out with the backdrop of grief, bereavement, and the mourning period. The scope of the book includes the proper etiquette for clergymen, medical personnel, a n d / o r family and friends. Of major interest are the sections regarding dying and coping with grief. Parts of the book are repetitive, however, especially those sections relating to religious approaches to death and mourning. Nevertheless, the book has proved invaluable to me, and f would consider it a prerequisite for effective counsel to those experiencing bereavement. REV. CLARENCE HACKETT 2948 MARYLAND AVE. COLUMBUS, OHIO 43209
Textbook of Practical Oral Surgery. By Daniel E. Waite, D.D.S., M.S., Philadelphia, 1979, Lea & Febiger, Publishers. 567 pages, illustrated, indexed. Price $19.50. This textbook was written for the dental student, to increase his proficiency in the art and science of oral surgery. It attempts to follow the recommended teaching outline set down by the Workshop in Oral Surgery of 1952. Dr. Waite has presented his material in a concise and readable manner. The book is laid out so that the information follows a logical sequence to educate the reader in oral surgery and related techniques. There are a very limited number of references at the end of each chapter, indicating that Dr. Waite and his associates drew primarily on their own experience and expertise in writing the book. The book is profusely illustrated with high-quality black and white prints. When there are no pictures on a page, only one column of text is used. Thus, very large margins are available for notes, comments, etc. The quality of the printing and binding is average for a book of this price. Dr. Waite has touched on almost every subject a dentist is likely to encounter while doing oral surgery procedures. His chapter on inflammation, repair, and infection is weak in light of today's current knowledge on these subjects. However, the chapters dealing with technique are first-rate. In addition, Dr. Waite has provided a table of commonly used drugs, listing indications for use, dosage, route of administration, and important pharmacologic considerations. This table alone should make this book a worthwhile addition to all dentists' libraries.
j. Prosthet. Dent. April, 1973
The Textbook o[ Practical Oral Surgery seems quite adequate for dental students and is informative for any dentist interested in this subject. The lack of references and the chapters dealing with the basic sciences are weaknesses in the book. KENNETH COFFAE, D.D.S. 305 W. 12TH AvE. COLUMBUS, OHIO 43210
Watch, Please, the Donkey. By Hazel Farley McGee. Jericho, N. Y., 1972, Exposition Press Inc. 108 pages. Price $4.50. Central America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific: Have you been there? Or do you want to go there? No matter--if you want to do it, do it with Hazel Farley McGee and husband, Dr. George F. McGee, if there is no other way. I may be sympatico, but she certainly makes me long to see the places I have not and enjoy, all over again, the ones I have. Her first chapter has a wealth of hard-earned information about the L I T T L E THINGS which can help to make traveling pleasant (i.e., if you have a heart problem and need something for high altitude, she 'has a remedy). Mrs. McGee's style is a chatty one, but one can tell that hers is a blithe spirit, and her itching foot has taken her many places where you too would like to go. FLORENCE L. BOUCHER