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From The CriticsReviewer: Norman Tinanoff, DDS, MS (University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery)
Description: This is an update of a very popular reference on the dental management of patients with the most common medical problems that will affect dental care. The previous edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to give dental providers an up-to-date, concise, and factual reference for the dental management of patients with specific medical problems. This is an important goal, given the frequency with which the previous edition is used in academic settings. The book succeeds by providing detailed but concise descriptions of medical conditions, as well as how they will affect dental treatment.
Audience: The book is targeted at students, residents, practitioners in probably all dental specialties, with the possible exception of orthodontics. The authors are all respected professors in departments of oral diagnosis, microbiology, or oral medicine.
Features: Medical conditions thoroughly covered include cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and metabolic. The photographs and illustrations are of excellent quality. Unique to this book are the boxes of concise tables that give the features of the diseases and management. Shortcomings are in the area of format. The summary on dental management is confusing because each "problem" is on both sides of a page and there is no clear distinction between problems. Appendix A on dental emergencies is also not arranged so that it can be quickly referenced.
Assessment: This seventh edition is a beautifully illustrated, up-to-date, generally easy to use, and in-depth work that is most helpful to dentists who see patients with medical problems. This new edition, necessary to keep the information current, includes new sections on smoking, tuberculosis and sleep disorders.