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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jean-Francois Bedard, DMD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This the third edition of a basic introduction to gross and developmental anatomy for dental students.
Purpose: This book is dedicated to dental students and is meant to provide a textbook containing all the gross anatomy necessary for the practice of dentistry and its major specialties, with an emphasis on head and neck, thorax, and nervous system. It is assumed that the reader is taking or has taken a practical course in topographical anatomy, preferably one based on dissection.
Audience: Graduates preparing for board exams and/or certification exams and postgraduate students will find this practical textbook useful.
Features: With the exception of a few reproductions of radiographs, this book contains exclusively anatomical schematic representations, some of them in color. The book includes an introduction, developmental anatomy, thorax, head and neck, central nervous system, and appendixes. The anatomy of the dentition, the limbs, and the abdomen were deliberately omitted. An introduction to radiological anatomy of the head is featured.
Assessment: The original concepts behind many illustrations are extremely interesting and lead to an "easy to understand, thus to remember" approach to anatomy. A good review of the systems is presented; the sections on head and neck anatomy and cranial nerves are particularly well constructed and presented.