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As family physicians, we manage a broad range of health problems in our patients, and frequently call upon our subspecialty colleagues for their expertise. This edition of FP Essentials covers four health concerns that are common among our patients and often are managed in collaboration with subspecialists, such as otorhinolaryngologists, dentists, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons. I hope you find this edition useful in your practice.

Section One focuses on dysphonia, its various etiologies, and evidence-based approaches to management. Section Two covers the broad variety of temporomandibular disorders. Section Three addresses nontraumatic dental conditions, an area in which many family physicians report a knowledge gap. Section Four provides an overview and update on approaches to management of common ear conditions.

When you have finished studying this edition of FP Essentials and are ready to submit your posttest answers, please tell us what was most useful and what we can do to improve. We also look forward to hearing your ideas for topics you would like covered in future editions.

Karl T. Rew, MD, Associate Medical Editor
Associate Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Urology
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor

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