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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kirk W. Noraian, DDS, MS (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This second edition of this text uses algorithms to approach various clinical situations, supported by brief explanations, illustrations and some photographs. The first edition was published in 1988.
Purpose: The author wishes to stimulate thought and discussion through the algorithms presented and sets the stage for some controversy.
Audience: Although a broad audience is targeted, including undergraduate dental and postgraduate periodontics students, teachers of periodontology, and experienced clinicians, the text provides a better point of departure for periodontists and postgraduate students in periodontics. The language is very readable at all levels and the format is straightforward.
Features: The algorithms flow well and are easily comprehensible even without the accompanying text. No color illustrations are used, but the black-and-white illustrations are well conceived and well presented with the exception of several photographs that reproduced a little dark. However, the accompanying text is sufficiently descriptive of the illustrations and photos. The references are readily verifiable but probably prove to be rather fundamental for advanced students of periodontics. Though broken down into chapters in the table of contents, the chapters themselves are not well marked in the body text.
Assessment: This book provides a good basic review of the clinical situations associated with periodontics, and its value to all phases of the profession should not be underestimated. Recent advances, especially in the areas of guided tissue regeneration, implantology, and infectious diseases, warrant replacing the first edition.