4, No. 5, 1976.
in Great Britain
Book Reviews A Textbook of Orthodontics. By T. D. Foster. 232X 154 mm. Pp. 356+ix, with 191 illustrations. 1975. Oxford: Blackwell. 29.75. The predominant feature of British orthodontics over the past decade has been change. We have witnessed the introduction of the major sophisticated fixed appliance techniques; it is now generally accepted that a higher proportion of malocclusions require this type of treatment than was hitherto thought, and, perhaps more importantly, there has been considerable revision of the thinking about the role of soft tissues, both in the aetiological sense and in terms of the limitations which they were thought to impose upon the possibilities for stable tooth movement. The sophisticated appliance systems or techniques have been adequately described in a profusion of American texbooks which more than adequately cater for the needs of the specialist practising orthodontist. Hence, the appearance of this up-to-date textbook is most timely. The current thinking on the issues which have been changing so radically is presented throughout the book with commendable objectivity and supported by comprehensive references to the literature including a refreshingly high proportion of foreign sources. The book is divided into chapters which follow the logical progression from a consideration of growth of the skull and jaws, through the question of aetiology of malocclusion and culminating with a description of the principles of orthodontic treatment. Each chapter is concluded with a concise and cryptic summary which must be of inestimable value for any student, undergraduate or postgraduate preparing for an examination. The chapters are adequately
illustrated with line drawings and photographs, but it is somewhat disappointing to find plaster casts such as those shown on page 2 16, which fall well below the standard normally seen in the contemporary literature and in the more modern textbooks. It is also disappointing that in one of the few instances where the author departs from his technique of describing treatment principles and illustrates a severe Class II, division 1 malocclusion treated with multi-band (Fig. 179), the final occlusion does not do justice to the type of interdigitation which is normally achieved with sophisticated appliances. This is an entirely admirable book and, although presumably designed primarily for the undergraduate student, so successfully succeeds in clarifying and summarizing the contemporary thinking on the subject in Britain that it must be recommended as a valuable addition to the library of anyone engaged in the practice of orthodontics. In terms of value for money, this book scores very highly. M. J. Munday
Notes on Dental Materials. By E. C. Combe. Second edition. 215 X 137 mm. Pp. 302+vi, with 31 illustrations. 1974. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. E3. In the preparation of this new edition the objective of the author remains unchanged. The book is intended to accompany an instruction course in dental materials and to provide concise and upto-date material for rapid revision of the subject. To achieve this, a note type format is employed. The rapid appearance of a second edition affords clear testimony of the success of this approach. It