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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sandra E. Inouye, PhD (Midwestern University)
Description: This second edition of a gross anatomy textbook aimed at undergraduate dental students is filled with new photographs, useful tables, and schematics. The first edition was published in 1986.
Purpose: The book fulfills the need for a gross anatomy book aimed at this audience.
Audience: Although specifically tailored for undergraduate dental students, faculty teaching gross anatomy to students in other fields will find this text useful and informative in its treatment of the head and neck.
Features: Four of the 11 chapters are on head and neck; for completeness, a shorter treatment of areas that are not traditionally taught in dental gross anatomy courses is included. Throughout the book there are many clinical boxes, useful tables that summarize key information in the chapters, and many schematics that clearly illustrate important anatomical points. The only shortcomings are nominal: there are a couple of errors in the table of contents, the computer-generated images are not as nice as photographs, and a couple of photographs are not adequately labeled to discern what was being viewed. Nonetheless, the book is easy to read and comprehend, is organized well, and certainly fills a niche for students taking gross anatomy in dental school. .
Assessment: This second edition, in comparison to the first, adds more color printing, photographs, computer generated images, and more notes on clinical applications. The first edition was already a very good textbook, but the addition of these features with the expansion of chapters on the upper and lower limbs and the re-working of some chapters has improved the quality of the book. It is most certainly a useful educational textbook for dental students, but a much wider audience will also find it appealing.