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Int J Oral Implantol 11 (2018), Supplement 1     14. Aug. 2018
Int J Oral Implantol 11 (2018), Supplement 1  (14.08.2018)

Supplement, Page S15-S20, PubMed:30109295


Diagnosis, avoidance and management of complications of implant-based treatments
Semantics: introducing the term revision surgery in oral rehabilitation.
van Steenberghe, Daniel
"If terms be incorrect, then statements do not accord with facts". (Confucius)
"Words form the thread on which we string our experiences". (Aldous Huxley)
Semantics is a term coined by Michel Bréal (1832 to 1915) a Jewish German-French linguist referring to the Greek semantikos (= meaning) in his 1897 book, "Essai de sémantique". He was a very gifted man: for example, he was the one who suggested to Pierre de Coubertin to include the marathon in the Olympic Games and who also, with the help of a Francophile American dental practitioner, Thomas William Evans, created the "Doctorat d'Université", finally allowing American students to pursue their doctorate at a French university.

Keywords: complications, failures, revision surgery, semantics, sequelae