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Permar's Oral Embryology and Microscopic Anatomy, 10th edition.

Permar's Oral Embryology and Microscopic Anatomy, 10th edition

Melfi, RC and Alley KE Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2000 332 pages; 207 illustrations ISBN: 0-683-30644-8. $39.95.

Reviewed by Lori J. Drummer, CDA, RDH, BSDH, Dental Hygiene Program Coordinator at College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois and consultant for Nordent Manufacturing in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

The 10th edition of Permar's Oral Embryology and Microscopic Anatomy is a welcome addition to all dental textbook collections. This edition has added the expertise of co-author Keith E. Alley and his knowledge and experience in dental education and research is apparent in the fresh ideas and information brought to this book. The book is written with the needs of the dental hygiene and dental assisting student in mind. Its comprehensive, user-friendly format lends an abundance of information to the reader without bringing in bulky, complicated physiological processes which would not be useful in the dental hygiene and/or dental assisting curriculum.

This book could be used in dental hygiene and dental assisting courses such as, Head and Neck Anatomy, Histology and Oral Embryology, and Dental Anatomy. Topics include: introduction to histology, embryological development of the face and oral cavity, tooth development, eruption and shedding of the primary dentition, tooth enamel, dentin, pulp, and cementum, periodontal ligament, bone and alveolar process, oral mucous membrane, gingiva, and anatomy and histology of the temporomandibular joint. A new chapter on the salivary glands (Chapter 12) incorporates information on demineralization, remineralization, fluoride, bacterial diseases, and HIV. Topics are technically and factually correct and adequately and clearly covered and are divided into numerous sub-topics. This text puts a greater emphasis on clinical considerations than did the previous editions. The topic content and clinical information are clearly defined when reviewed in conjunction with the photomicrographs and illustrations.

The 207 graphics and visual aids are a vital part of the text and help the reader interpret the written content. The more than 40 illustrations and succinct figure descriptions which accompany the full-color micrographs are new to this text. These additions lend a powerful visual impact to the textbook and enriching experience to the reader.

Numerous current and updated references at the end of each chapter offer a greater depth for students interested in additional information.

The authors bring a balance between basic science and clinical aspects of oral tissues to the written page. I found the text to be a valuable resource because of the correlation of the two throughout the book. This text is a vital tool for the next generation of health care professionals.

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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Drummer, Lori J.
Publication:Journal of Dental Hygiene
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jan 1, 2001
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