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From The CriticsReviewer: Carl Bouchard, DMD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry)
Description: This book doesn't provide answers to specific ethical problems in the domain of dentistry, but provides information and a way of thinking to enable the clinician to make morally correct decisions. Every chapter starts with a case presentation challenging the reader's opinion on a particular subject.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide dentists with a systematic account of professional ethics in dental practice to help them understand and judge wisely about different issues. This is a much needed book for dental students and dentists, who face ethical challenges throughout their careers. The book is complete, and clearly meet the authors' objectives.
Audience: The book is written for dentists, dental students, hygienists and other health professionals interested in ethics. I think the book will primarily serve the needs of dental and hygiene students, because of its strong academic content. One of the authors is a dentist and the other is director of the Center for Ethics and Social Justice at the Loyola University. The two authors combine there experience making the duo credible authorities on the subject.
Features: The book can be divided into two major sections. The first covers the nature of the profession, professional obligations, and the decision making process for ethical questions. The second applies the concepts discussed in the first section by providing a variety of ethical issues. Multiple examples and case presentation make the theory easy to understand. The references are presented at the end of the book in the form of a bibliographic essay, which makes research on this topic easy and accessible. The analysis provided in the book is pertinent in most part only for general dentists. Issues regarding dental specialists or other health specialists are not discussed.
Assessment: All dental students should read this book. It is one of the most complete books on the subject of dental ethics. The cases presented are realistic and will help general dentists with decision making and assessment of ethical questions. This book definitely will stimulate conversation and discussions about morality, law, and ethics among dentists.