INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL ANATOMY. By James Henderson Scott, D.Sc., M.D., L.D.S., and Norman Barrington Bray Symons, M.Sc., B.D.S. Edinburgh and London, 1958, E. & S. Livingstone Ltd., The Williams & Wilkins Co., Baltimore, exclusive U. S. agents. 344 pages, 219 illustrations, indexed. Price $8.50. The first chapter of this book deals briefly with the surface and root canal form of the teeth, including some information about racial differences in tooth form. There follows a good description of the embryonic development of the face and oral cavity and the embryonic development of the teeth. Two chapters of the book deal with the growth and development of the face and jaws, and two chapters with the establishment of the deciduous and permanent dentition and tooth movements. The illustrations in the chapter on the dental development at different ages are a series of very fine roentgenograms of the jaws at intervals between birth and adult life. Seven chapters of the book treat with a description of the microscopic structure of oral tissues: enamel, dentine, cement, pulp, periodontal membrane, and oral mucosa. There are also chapters concerning the anatomy and function of the temporomandihular joint and age changes in the teeth and jaws. The last one-fourth of the book is an unusually good discussion of the evolution and comparative anatomy of the dentition from elasmobranchs to primates. The authors have done good work in concise and clear coverage of a wide scope of material. The book is easy to read. The illustrations are all good, and some of them are superior. Although the format is not suficiently interesting to attract immediate attention, it is an excellent piece of work, and it should prove to be of very real value, both for teaching and for general reference, to those who give it a careful examination. Dorothy Pcrmar


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