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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Rodrigue G. Barakat, DMD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This is the tenth edition of a text on oral embryology and anatomy. The first pages contain color plates of the black-and-white illustrations that are included within the rest of the text.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide dental hygiene and dental assisting students with an easy to use text on the microscopic anatomy and embryology of the mouth and jaws. The authors provide students with fundamental information while avoiding the nonessential details of the subject. The chapters contain concise information and are very well illustrated. The text is written using an easy to understand vocabulary by authors with credentials which certainly make them a credible source for the information presented.
Audience: The target audience is dental hygiene and assistant students.
Features: A brief chapter on the principles of histology serves as an introduction. The authors then review the development of the mouth and jaws in the second and third chapters and the main tissue types present in the oral cavity in subsequent chapters. The emphasis is on the tissues associated with the periodontium rather than the jaws in general. The quality of the references seems adequate for most chapters.
Assessment: This book should prove to be a good reference for the targeted reader. Adding color to the images is a great improvement in this edition. However, the reader would benefit if the images that accompany the text were also in color. The manner in which images are duplicated is somewhat confusing.