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Cleft lip and palate: There is only one real criticism I would predecessor which won the Dental Prize
make. There is significant shine-through of the Medical Writers Group of the
Diagnosis and from the text and figures on the reverse Society of Authors Medical Book Awards
side of some pages, reducing the quality 2000. The text is written in a clear and
management of many of the excellent figures. This has concise style augmented by over 300
S. Berkowitz (Ed) no doubt arisen from the use of thinner colour illustrations, photographs and
Germany: Springer paper in order to keep all 799 pages tables. A 17 page glossary of scientific
price £268.50, pp 800 within one volume. Despite this, the text and clinical terms is a particularly useful
ISBN 3540234098 is illustrated with a vast array of figures, feature as are the summary lists of key
which for those embarking on a career facts at the end of each chapter.
This extremely comprehensive book has working with patients with cleft lip and The book's 30 chapters are divided into
been edited by a world leader in the field palate are extremely useful. three main sections dealing with:
of orofacial clefting. Through the text it Would I buy this book? Not at £268.50, i) fundamental principles of
is clear that Dr Berkowitz has achieved but I will certainly be borrowing it from microbiology, introducing infectious
his goal of bringing together the my hospital library. It is an excellent agents and host defence through to
contemporary concepts of diagnosis and resource for those involved in the antimicrobial agents, disinfection and
management for patients with clefts. multidisciplinary care of patients with sterilisation and diagnostic
Although few will read this book cover- clefts of the lip and palate as well as microbiology; ii) infectious diseases
to-cover, most readers will dip into one undergraduate and postgraduate students relevant to dentistry presented in a
or two individual areas at a time. Dr who merely wish to find out a little more system-based format; and iii) oral
Berkowitz has facilitated this by breaking information. microbiology, providing an excellent
the text into readable sections dealing introduction to the topic from which the
with each issue. Students and G. McIntyre student can progress to more detailed
experienced clinicians will find it easy to texts. The text has been updated since the
find the information they want quickly. previous edition in order to keep up with
Although this is the second edition of a Essentials of the recent developments in microbiology
book first published in 1996, there have microbiology for dental of which the dentist should be aware.
been numerous updates by the New chapters have been written on fungi,
contributors of the original text students human herpes viruses, infections of the
commensurate with the fast changing central nervous system and the use of
pace of clinical research in the field of J. Bagg, T. W. MacFarlane, I. R. Poxton, A. J. Smith antimicrobial agents in dentistry. The
UK: Oxford University Press
cleft lip and palate. emergence of infectious diseases such as
price £39.95, pp 317
The book contains everything that most severe acute respiratory syndrome
ISBN 0198564899
clinicians and researchers would want (SARS) and prion diseases are also
within a book about orofacial clefts: Essentials of microbiology for dental covered and accordingly the chapters on
embryology, cleft typology, facial growth, students delivers exactly what it says in sterilisation, disinfection and infection
surgery, presurgical orthopaedics/ the title, succeeding in its stated aim to control procedures in dentistry have been
comprehensive orthodontic treatment, present microbiology in a clinical completely rewritten to reflect changes in
bone grafting, speech and psychology. In context that is relevant to the safe and decontamination protocols.
the main, the text is supported by effective practice of dentistry and The topics are covered
appropriate evidence. The results of some providing a core reference text for dental comprehensively, pitched of course at a
important studies are however undergraduates and postgraduates as level suited to dental rather than
underrepresented. I mention this not to well as for practising dentists. microbiology students, with suggested
criticise but to point out that each chapter This book has been produced with further reading at the end of each
contains opinions that some may disagree today's dental undergraduates firmly in chapter.
with. Space is allocated to a section on mind, particularly from the perspective of As a convenor of a BDS Human Health
‘The future', detailing current clinical and the recommendation of the GDC document, and Disease course I have no hesitation
molecular research and the potential The first five years, that basic science, in recommending this as a core textbook.
promise of global collaborative research. including microbiology, should be closely
This is a most worthwhile section, however integrated with clinical teaching and R. A. Whiley
within a few years it will become outdated spread throughout the dental curriculum.
and a third edition will inevitably be Not surprisingly, this second edition
required because of scientific advances. has retained the successful format of its


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