New Book Chronicles the Innovations of the Father of Implant Dentistry

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Authors Leonard I. Linkow and Sheldon Winkler spread the gospel of dental implantology

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Few have had as much influence in modern dentistry as Dr. Leonard I. Linkow, a pioneer who single-handedly established implantology in the United States and introduced a wide-variety of techniques for oral operations that have improved the lives of countless patients. My Life, Times, and Legacy, by Dr. Linkow himself and his associate, Dr. Sheldon Winkler, is an account of these achievements complete with a full-colored illustrated review of the cutting-edge surgical procedures he developed.

The implantation methodologies covered in this book were developed by Dr. Linkow and tried and tested over a period of decades. Time and time again, they have proven themselves to be invaluable in alleviating the suffering of patients who would have had no other means of relief aside from these sophisticated procedures. One of the purposes of this book is to give dentistry neophytes an understanding of the principles of Dr. Linkow’s methods, and bring to light the plight of edentulous patients and their tremendous need for implants.

“There may be other inventions—future breakthroughs—that are waiting to be discovered. I certainly feel that today, with the greatest technological advances ever in all areas of science and medicine, it’s about time that the dental community realizes that there is much more to this profession than fillings and extractions,” Dr. Linkow shares.

With its account of the career and innovations of one of modern dentistry’s greatest pioneers, My Life, Times, and Legacy is an enlightening discourse into an often overlooked but nonetheless vital field of medical science. Neophytes and veterans of dentistry alike will certainly find much to learn in Dr. Linkow and Dr. Winkler’s collaborative work.

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About the Author
Dr. Leonard I. Linkow graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry in 1952, and soon discovered the rapidly evolving field of tooth implants. He mastered advanced implant techniques by taking existing, often inadequate American and European methods and, through trial and error, transforming them into elegant and practical systems. He also became a proponent of life-improvement; he knew his work could often improve a patient's appearance and bring an end to their dental suffering. He is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., was a radio operator and tail gunner in the U.S. Army Air Force in the final days of World War II, and held a minor league baseball contract, having tried out for the New York Giants under Carl Hubbell and Mel Ott, and twenty-five years later was stunned to learn he was on a list of potential nominees for the Nobel Prize in Medicine. His life has been one of tribulation and triumph.

Dr. Sheldon Winkler is Professor Emeritus at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Adjunct Professor, School of Dental Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona. He previously served as Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Prosthodontics and Dean of Research, Advanced Education, and Continuing Education at Temple University School of Dentistry. Dr. Winkler is an educator, author, editor, researcher, and national and international speaker on prosthodontics, implant dentistry, dental materials, and geriatric dentistry. He has authored or co-authored six textbooks (including Essentials of Complete Denture Prosthodontics), approximately 185 articles and chapters in professional journals and textbooks, and founded the journal Implant Dentistry, which he edited for six years. Dr. Winkler is currently Senior Editor of the Journal of Oral Implantology. Dr. Winkler serves as educational and prosthodontic consultant to dental schools throughout the world. He is President of the American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics and also serves as Executive Director of the Academy. He is the developer of the pour (fluid resin) technique for denture base processing. Dr. Winkler is an authority on music of the Second World War and has contributed articles to World War II History magazine. His book, The Music of World War II: War Songs and Their Stories, was published in March of 2013 by Merriam Press. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

My Life, Times, and Legacy * by Leonard I. Linkow, DDS, DMSc / Sheldon Winkler, DDS
Publication Date: October 26, 2013
Picture Book; $91.99; 172 pages; 978-1-4797-4430-5
Picture Book Hardcover; $101.99; 172 pages; 978-1-4797-4431-2

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