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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward George Grace, BS,DDS, MA (University of Maryland)
Description: This quick reference drug handbook for use in clinical situations uses ample tables in every chapter.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editors, is to provide a reasonable overview of a wide array of pharmaceutical agents that dental practitioners may need to prescribe. This useful chairside reference meets the objectives.
Audience: While the book is intended primarily for practicing general dentists, it could be very useful for the third- and fourth-year dental students. The editors have assembled an array of experts in their respective fields from around the U.S. to address the issues in each chapter.
Features: The book is concise (82 pages) and each chapter (19) is 3-5 pages in length. The most common conditions that general dentists encounter are covered; for example, treatment of bacterial infections, acute and chronic pain, antibiotic prophylaxis, and bisphosphonate therapy. A summary table of drug information for each chapter is very useful as is an accompanying informational CD-ROM.
Assessment: This is a useful quick reference or review of common dental problems requiring pharmacological intervention or knowledge. This is much less comprehensive than the standard drug information handbook used by most dentists, Drug Information Handbook for Dentistry, 14th edition, Wynn et al. (Lexi-Comp, 2008), and does not cover all drugs, but it does discuss clinical problems in more detail. Thus, while it does not supplant that iconic drug reference, it is a worthy supplement.