Template talk:Oral pathology

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Many of the items listed in this navbox are not really items included in an either an oral pathology text book or a dental school oral pathology course. Oral pathologists would not be concern themselves with many of the things listed here, and the things that they would concern themselves with, such as squamous cell carcinoma, aneurysmal bone cysts and lichen planus are overtly absent. Let me know what you think about shifting the quality of this box to a more precise and structured coverage of actual oral pathology. DRosenbach (Talk | Contribs) 20:40, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

(responding to your message on my talk page) In its current state, the template mostly aligns with the "K" section ("Diseases of the digestive system") of World Health Organization's ICD-10 system, as defined here. By contrast, squamous cell carcinoma is classified with the tumors at "C", and lichen planus under "Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue" at "L". The ICD-10 system isn't perfect, but it seems to be the closest thing we have to an international standard, and it has reasonably wide acceptance at Wikipedia (though personally, I like Medical Subject Headings better). That said, since you have subject-matter expertise, I'd encourage you to be bold. It might make sense, though, to first expand the Oral pathology page, rather than Template:Oral pathology, so we have a better idea of the circumference of the topic. It may be that Template:Oral pathology would get too large, and should be split into multiple navigational templates (for example, we could create a template for Template:Oral tumors, and that could be a subtemplate for both tumors and for oral pathology. I'd also like to encourage you to create stubs for any subjects you feel are missing. Don't worry about making them perfect; just plant the seeds. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask, and thank you for your contributions to Wikipedia. --Arcadian 21:26, 2 March 2007 (UTC)