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Money at heart of issue

Article-Money at heart of issue

Your article on California oral and maxillofacial surgeons is extremely one-sided and misleading. I think we should be honest about this issue. It comes down to money. Some plastic surgeons are worried that they cannot withstand added competition. The truth of the matter is a resident in oral and maxillofacial surgery spends more time on the face than does a plastic surgery resident.

Furthermore, when questioned for national studies, emergency room physicians rated the care of "severe" pain facial trauma by oral and maxillofacial surgeons (which includes orbital, nasal, facial soft tissue, frontal sinus and zygomatic trauma) to be equal or superior to the treatment of plastic surgeons. It is true plastic surgeons are, in general, well-trained, and they need not be so fearful of other well-trained surgeons.

Bryan J. Johnson, D.D.S. Oral and Facial Surgeons of Michigan Waterford, Mich.

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