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Paediatric Dentistry

From The Critics
    Christopher J. Morin
This book covers all aspects of pediatric dentistry, including growth and development, treatment planning, behavior management, trauma, orthodontics, and treatment of medically compromised children. "The purpose is to draw together the different aspects of pediatric dentistry, including an increased awareness of erosive tooth surface loss and cosmetic dentistry. Considering the increasing demand for pediatric dental services, these are worthy objectives, and the book clearly meets them. "The book is written for undergraduate dental students, but it should also prove useful for those studying postgraduate pediatric dentistry and for general dentists. The book is very thorough, except that only four pages are devoted to nonpharmacological behavior management. The author is a credible authority in pediatric dentistry. "The quality of the illustrations (except for the amateurish cartoons in Chapter 2) is excellent. The references are generally current and very relevant. The table of contents and index are well organized. Unique are the key points highlighted in gray throughout each chapter. "The book is a through analysis of current topics in pediatric dentistry. It will provide a broad base of knowledge for undergraduate dental students (although the chapter that includes behavior management should be expanded). The book will make a fine addition to any dental school's library.

Doody Review Services
Reviewer: Christopher J. Morin, DDS (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This book provides a comprehensive review of pediatric dentistry. The previous edition was published in 1997.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide practitioners with an information source that examines all aspects of pediatric dentistry. Considering the number of children with inadequate access to proper dental care, this book is both needed and useful. The book meets the author's objectives very effectively.
Audience: According to the author, the book is written for dental students, postgraduates, and general practitioners. In addition, I believe pediatric dentists will find this a useful addition to their libraries. The author is a senior clinical lecturer at Newcastle Upon Tyme Dental School and has edited several books related to pediatric dentistry.
Features: The book neatly separates pediatric dentistry into 17 chapters. Every chapter contains several sections, each summarized by "key points" highlighted in blue. This allows for an organized presentation of large amounts of information. The subjects of pain and anxiety management (both pharmacological and non-pharmacological) are covered particularly well. On the other hand, I would like to see expansion of the chapter covering medically compromised children.
Assessment: This book belongs in the library of every postgraduate and practitioner in pediatric dentistry. The book is truly comprehensive, and is a great reference tool because individual bytes of information are easy to locate. The text is accompanied by excellent diagrams and photographs (black and white and color). There is an addition of one chapter ("Treatment of dental caries in the preschool child"), but otherwise this edition is virtually identical to the first.