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About this Course

Man's survival is  constantly threatened--by bacteria, by physical or chemical injury, and a host of other agents. Although modern science and medicine have done much to cope with these harmful influences, our greatest protection is still afforded by the ability of our bodies to withstand these repeated attacks. If the combination of science and natural resistance is unable to ward off the damaging influences, disease will result. The study of disease and of alterations in function caused by disease is called pathology. Frequently considered in this field are such topics as the cause of the disease, the effect of the disease on the body, and the body's reaction to the disease process.

This course is designed to acquaint you with the fundamental concepts of oral and maxillofacial pathology. It also seeks to familiarize you with the technical nomenclature used in pathology, which is essential to understanding dental procedures. It also stresses the cause and effect of oral infection.

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015