- K George Varghese, Vice Principal, Professor and Head, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Govt.Dental College, Kottayam, Kerala
In the past, with minimal personnel and material support the hospital dentist cared for patients in primitive ambulatory care facilities and operating rooms. Their work was mainly restricted to management of acute infections and dentoalveolar trauma. The advance made in modern diagnostic and therapeutic dentistry as well as in maxillofacial surgery has widened the scope of hospital dental practice. And at the same time it has increased the duties and responsibilities of the dentists working in hospitals. This book is intended mainly for postgraduate students, fresh graduates and students who are about to start or continue their training in the hospital environment and also for the general dentists who are members of the hospital dental department or serve as part time consultants in hospitals. This book also will be a guide to the administrators to establish and direct the dental department in an efficient manner consistent with the needs of the hospital, the profession and the society.