Anatomy for dental students

Anatomy for dental students

46 Journal of Dentistry, Vol. 1 ~/NO. 1 Winkler KG. (1968) Influence of rectangular collimation and intraoral shielding on radiation dose in dental...

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Winkler KG. (1968) Influence of rectangular collimation and intraoral shielding on radiation dose in dental radiography. J. Am. Dent. Assoc. 77, 95. Worth H. M. (1938-9) The teeth and jaws. pp 681-744. In: Shanks S. C., Kerley P. and Twining E. W. (Eds.) A Text Book of X-ray Diagnosis by British Authors, Vol 3, 1st ed. London, H. K. Lewis and Co., p. 783. Wuehrmann A. H. and Manson-Hing L. R. (198 1a) Dental Radiology, 5th ed. St Louis, Mosby, pp. 126-178. Wuehnnann A. H. and Manson-Hing L. R. (1981b) Dental Radiology, 5th ed. St Louis, Mosby, pp. 85.

Book Review ANATOMY FOR DENTAL STUDENTS. By D. R. Johnson and W. J. Moore. 250 X 210mm. Pp. 266. 1983. Oxford, Oxford University Press. Softback, dt15.00. Dental students certainly require anatomy texts written specially for them and there is an increasing number of such texts on the market. Dr Johnson and Professor Moore from the University of Leeds with particular responsibility for teaching dental students are the most recent to launch their offering in this book. First impressions are that it is not of such a size as to be daunting to a student following a relatively short modem course. In its 266 pages it covers a substantial amount of embryology, including the development of the head and neck, skeleton, circulatory and respiratory systems as well as early embryology, a brief account ofbody tissues, systematic anatomy of thorax, but not abdomen or pelvis, head and neck, skull and central nervous system. There is a useful chapter on post-natal growth, in particular that of the skull, and two chapters on radiology. A notable feature is the frequent and informative inclusion of relevant clinical aspects of anatomy, such as fractures, spread of infection, inhalation of foreign bodies, haemorrhage and metastasis of tumours. These have a compelling ring of truth and are brief without being trivial. They will not detract, as such items sometimes do, from the essentially preclinical nature of the book. The diagrams almost all appear to be new and specially prepared for this book. They are precise and often original in that they do not all resemble those seen elsewhere. This is a most valuable feature despite their rather limited size. Short of reading every word and checking every fact against drawings it is impossible to say whether the book is error-free. Experience with a class of students will soon find out. There are inevitably a few points upon which readers may part company with the authors. Examples are the frequent use of endosteal instead of endocranial as applied to the dura mater even though the distinction between endosteum and periosteum is clearly delineated in the chapters on body tissues. Another, probably less important, is the description of the disc and articular surfaces of the temporomandibular joint as flbrocartilage instead of fibrous tissue although this is qualified by a comment on the paucity of cartilage cells in those structures. Despite its overall quality the brevity of the book sometimes means that it will not suffice for all students on all topics; notable here again is the temporomandibularjoint. However there is some expansion into biomechanical aspects, for example of the movements of the mandible which will definitely improve students’ feeling for their chosen profession. These too are original and will not readily be found elsewhere. The book deserves a trial and is to be recommended. A. F. Hayward