(Received 16 October 1987; accepted 8 February 1988)
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Forensic odontology is receiving increased attention in the literature and has become a widely recognized field of expertise with broad ramifications. With this growth, research is needed to solve the most pressing problems of the discipline. The purpose of this paper is to identify current trends in research in forensic odontology. The review consisted of studies using the scientific method and reports of new techniques being tested. Also, abstracts from the annual meeting of the Odontology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences from 1980 to 1987 have been reviewed to determine the current areas of emphasis in forensic dentistry.
Professor, University of Texas Dental School, San Antonio, TX
Assistant professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, Kansas City, MO
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