The Second Edition of Peterson’s Principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, reflects the efforts of many people made in a very short period of time. The time from the decision to undertake a second edition until publication release totaled less than 2 years. This is a monumental accomplishment considering the current state of affairs in the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery and the difficulties in pursuing scholarly activity, even for the academic practitioner. Although it is certainly not a simple task to assemble an author list as extensive as the one in this text, it was perhaps made easier because editors and authors were inspired by feelings of tribute to Larry Peterson to deliver on short notice. When Larry Peterson decided to publish the first edition of this book over a decade ago, he recognized the need in our specialty for a comprehensive and complete reference textbook in oral and maxillofacial surgery that was practical and readable. Oral and maxillofacial surgery encompasses an ever-expanding range of diverse topics that makes it unique among the medical and dental specialties. There was no concise textbook that dealt with the full scope of the specialty that was available for residents and surgeons to use as a reference for clinical practice. The textbook Contemporary Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery appropriately covers the requisite information for the dental student and general dental practitioner, but Peterson’s Principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery provides an organized and systematic approach to the specialty for residents and clinicians practicing full-scope oral and maxillofacial surgery. The first edition of this text was the only reference of its kind.
It is now continued with the second edition, which is unique in many respects, among them the inclusion of contributions from more than 100 oral surgeons and other dental and medical specialists, 500 pieces of original artwork, and a CD-ROM. The clear purpose of this textbook is to provide a concise, authoritative, easy-to-read, currently referenced, contemporary survey of the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery that contains the information that a competent surgeon should possess and understand. Although some of the information may be outside of the scope of the individual practitioner, the material contained in this text is definitely within the scope of the specialty. This textbook should be considered a reference for the oral and maxillofacial surgeon during residency and into clinical practice. It will be an excellent resource for examination preparation purposes as well; in fact, the first edition was adopted in some European countries as a required textbook for oral surgery board certification.[/mks_toggle]