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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Janet H. Southerland, DDS, MPH, PhD (Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry)
Description: Using an evidence- and case-based approach, this book provides a comprehensive review of the many aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including appropriate diagnostic tools needed for assessment. This updates the previous edition published in 2008.
Purpose: The purpose is to translate knowledge directly into patient care. The book simulates real practice by addressing common clinical situations that for experienced clinicians will resonate in their daily practice and for residents will set the foundation for their eventual clinical decision needs. The case-based model will enhance readers' knowledge and their retention of the material.
Audience: The book is written for oral and maxillofacial surgery practitioners, predoctoral students, and, particularly, residents in oral and maxillofacial surgery because it presents key elements of clinical care for each problem. It also can be used by dental practitioners, especially those evaluating lesions and clinical infections in their patients.
Features: Among the book covers are different types of lesions, drug reactions, drug-induced osteonecrosis and radiation induced necrosis, general anesthesia and airway management, infections, implant surgery, pathology, TMJ disorders, management of chronic medical conditions, oral cancer, and orthognathic and cosmetic surgery. The best aspect of the book is the way that it uses the 103 clinical cases in patient care to help readers use the didactic knowledge to make appropriate clinical decisions. Photographs and radiographs also enhance the case material.
Assessment: The book is easy to follow and is useful for oral and maxillofacial surgeons and other dental practitioners. Compared to other books in this area, this one focuses more on differential diagnosis and some treatment options. This update includes new illustrations, a new chapter, teaching cases, and real patient scenarios over and above what appeared in the previous edition.