Anatomy for dental students, 4th edition

  • M. E. Atkinson
Oxford University Press price £49.99; pp 384 ISBN 9780199234462 | ISBN: 978-0-1992-3446-2

This popular undergraduate text has undergone extensive modification and redevelopment, resulting in this fourth edition. This aims to provide the reader with a detailed understanding of human anatomy relevant to the trainee dental practitioner.

The book is divided into four main sections including developmental anatomy, the thorax, the central nervous system, and head and neck anatomy. This useful breakdown allows the reader to work through the text in a logical order, mastering the basics before concentrating specifically on anatomy relevant to daily working life in the dental profession.

Anatomy textbooks can often be overbearing with pages of either non-stop text or illustrations but this book has struck a good balance with providing the right ratio of information in various formats. The page layout is also appealing with dual columns and regular information boxes or illustrations, allowing for the natural flow of each chapter without seeming arduous.

Throughout, there are numerous colour illustrations that allow the reader to visualise the anatomical concepts. For example, each bone of the skull is given a unique colour, which is repeated throughout the illustrations. This continuity reinforces information and makes it easier for readers to engage with the text.

Another feature added to this edition is the clinical application box. This links not only interesting but clinically relevant information to the anatomy, thereby encouraging the reader to develop vital skills in relating disease processes to clinical anatomy.

By focusing on development and structure of head and neck anatomy this book is perfectly suited to its intended audience, the undergraduate dental student. It also acts as a good recap for the postgraduate clinician. Overall, I found this book very enjoyable and easy to read. As it is an extremely user-friendly text I'd have no hesitation in recommending it to others and feel it would be well-placed in the collection of any aspiring dentist.