The new edition of this highly successful book continues to offer readers everything they require to gain a full understanding of microbiology as it relates to modern dental practice.
Clearly written and in full colour throughout, the book uniquely divides the subject of microbiology into six discrete sections to relate the many aspects of microbiology for dental practice in a logical, easy-to-understand manner.
The first part of the book covers the principles of general microbiology and is followed by a clear and straightforward account of basic immunology. The volume then addresses mechanisms of disease, concentrating clearly on the micro-organisms that are relevant to the dentist. The major infections of each organ system are discussed as they relate to dental practice together with a detailed exploration of oral microbiology. The book finally concludes with a practical discussion of cross-infection and control.
The rich combination of easy-to-read text together with the extensive artwork programme continues to make Essential Microbiology for Dentistry the first choice of microbiology textbook for many students of dentistry worldwide.
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Comprehensive coverage of the subject area makes the book suitable for all aspects of the curriculum
Almost 300 tables and illustrations present clinical, diagnostic and practical information in an easy-to-follow manner
Contains 'Key Facts' boxes to act as useful aide-mémoires
Self-assessment sections at the end of each chapter allow students to assess their understanding in key areas of knowledge
Addresses the subject on a strictly 'need-to-know for the dentist' approach [e.g. only salient bacteria are included with thumbnail sketches of viruses and fungi]
Contains a detailed - and now expanded - glossary and abbreviations list
New to This Edition
Contains the latest organism nomenclature and information regarding unculturable bacteria and novel molecular technology
Includes a highly expanded section on oral biofilms and their relevance to systemic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes and nosocomial pneumonia
Contains a brand new section on oral immunology - prepared by guest authors - as relevant to dentistry
Contains a new section on the microbiology of perimplantitis
Presents a fully revised and expanded section on infection control in dentistry encompassing British and American guidelines
All relevant topics have been covered. In fact, this is a more comprehensive book than Essentials of Microbiology for Dental Students published by OUP which I own.
I find myself trying to say that the book goes into too much depth but if you were to adhere strictly to the BDS curriculum you would find a place for the entire contents, i.e. there is every chance that any part of this book could appear in a BDS exam. In addition, the book touches on other areas outwith microbiology - oral medicine, immunology, etc. This is a very good feature as it widens the readers' perspective.
After comparing this book to the Oxford equivalent I would certainly recommend the Churchill-Livingston version. Why? Because of the assessments at the end of chapters, the more comprehensive index and the inclusion of a glossary. In addition, although the content is similar in both books, the Churchill-Livingston version is not only more detailed, it has been laid out in shorter chapters which is better for revision.
Lecturers need to know that this is a better book than the Oxford equivalent because their reading list recommendation, in my view, is what influences students most when buying a book when they are similarly priced.
S Johnston, VT, West Lothian, UK, August 2008
This text covers clinically-related material featured in Bagg, et al. and the more basic science covered in Marsh and Martin, two texts which we have always recommend. The combination offered here makes for a very comprehensive package which I feel is better for our Oral Science and Medicine course.
Dr John W Smalley, Senior Lecturer in Dental Science, The University of Liverpool, September 2008
The book is very well ordered, easy to read and logically put together making quite a tough subject quite enjoyable to read. This book has a glossary, review questions at the end of each chapter and an end of chapter summary - excellent!
Ian Arad, VT, West London, UK, September 2008
By Lakshman Samaranayake, DSc(h.c.) DDS BDS FRCPath FHKCPath FDSRCSE(Hon) FCDSHK FHKAM(Path) FHKAM(DSurg) MIBiol, Dean and Chair, Professor of Oral Microbiology, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Honorary Professor, Eastman Dental Institute for Oral Health Care Sciences, University of London, London, UK
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