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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Juneseok Lee, DDS (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This book is more a synopsis of oral pathology and medicine than a comprehensive textbook. It is packed with tables, figures, and flow charts to give a simplified view of the subject.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a survey of the dental surgery final examination. This edition pays special attention to managing patients who are medically compromised or handicapped in some capacity. The authors hope that this will educate dentists to avoid or protect themselves against lawsuits. Since lawsuits are a constant risk for dentists, this book is an invaluable resource. Although it is not highly detailed, it nonetheless educates non-pathologists effectively with a general overview.
Audience: This book is intended for dental practitioners with clinical experience. It is not intended for specialists in the oral pathology field, rather it is for general dentists or other kinds of specialists who do not have a lot of exposure to this field. Judging from the contents of the book the authors seem to be credible authorities.
Features: This book covers basic hard tissue pathology as well as soft tissue diseases and disorders. Additionally, the last section is devoted to medically compromised patients and other types of uncommon, or special cases. The best part of the book is the photos and diagrams of soft tissue pathologies, which accompany the text. Both the macroscopic and microscopic photos are extremely hard to obtain in regular clinical practice. Therefore, the photos are invaluable in providing a detailed view of common soft-tissue disorders. In addition to the photos, the simplified flow charts, diagrams, and tables make the contents easy to understand in a concise manner. This type of book, which provides a general overview of oral pathology and detailed photos, is not easy to find. Since it is only intended to be a survey of oral pathology for non-specialists, there are really no significant shortcomings.
Assessment: In comparison to other textbooks of oral pathology, this book is less detailed and less comprehensive. However, it provides general dentists with a simple and easy-to-use guide to identifying problems which lie outside of their expertise, making it a very valuable resource. General dentists will be able to make referrals to other specialists when they identify disorders. Therefore, this book serves as a necessary reference book to their practices.