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Acknowledgements We thank Mr Michael Broad for prosthodontics technical assistance, Mr Dennis Duggan for expert assistance in animal handling, and Mrs Jessie Davis who typed the manuscript.
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Book Reviews Complete Denture Prosthetics, 3rd edition. D. J. Neil1 and R. I. Nairn. Pp. 144. 199 1. Oxford, Butterworth-Heinemann. Hardback, f22.50. Removable Denture Construction, 3rd edition. J. F. Bates, R. Huggett and G. D. Stafford. Pp. 159. 199 1. Oxford, Butterworth-Heinemann. Softback, f47.50. The authors of Complete Denture Prosthetics see no reason to alter the philosophy from their first edition, published in 1968. That this textbook has been extended to a third edition is an indication that this formula has been successful for many readers. It also would appear to form a recipe for their undergraduate students. The net result is that this edition differs from the first only in that Part II has been extended somewhat. The incorporation of associated topics of denture construction is welcome, but some factors are covered with only the rarest of details. Revision of Part I does not appear to have involved more than the addition of one illustration. Given the good track record of the authors as lecturers who pay great attention to detail, it is regrettable that some references have typographical errors (Lyme, page 5). some materials are listed under their proprietary names (Hydrocal, page 27); AE8, page 27) and while there is a bibliography at the end of the book, only some chapters are concluded with references. Although the content of Part I is sound, it is reprehensible that, given current recommendations, photographs of ungloved operators have been retained from the first edition. Further, only one page has been allocated to cross-infection with a text that is confused and misleading. This textbook is primarily aimed at undergraduates and presumably supplements the course in one particular school. It is doubtful if this is
comprehensive enough to satisfy other undergraduate courses and it is not detailed’enough for those considering postgraduate examinations. Removable Denture Construction is prefaced with a quotation by De Van indicating that preservation of what remains should be of a higher priority than the meticulous restoration of what is missing. Given the constraints of targeting this textbook of dental students plus student technicians, dental hygienists and dental nurses, the authors manage to cover clinical and laboratory aspects of removable prosthodontics in addition to enhancing the preface. There are 17 well-constructed chapters, ranging from patient examination to miscellaneous techniques (relines and repairs), in addition to seven appendices which provide hints and subjects as varied as periodontal assessment to laboratory safety procedures. There are references, applicable to each chapter, located near the index, although no references are listed for safety/ cross-infection. While it is welcome to see an appendix allocated to safety measures, it is disappointing to see the terms disinfection and sterilization confused and, further, the authors’ own procedures are plainly practised ‘in house’. The appendix on surveying is terse and may confuse some of the intended readership; it is unfortunate that its importance is not emphasized in those chapters dealing with the assessment for a design of partial dentures. These minor criticisms apart, this book is well written and thoughtfully presented and brought fond memories to this reviewer who bought the first edition in 1970. I would recommend it to students of dentistry, dental technology and ancillary dental staff, in addition to graduates whose memory banks require updating. J. F. McCord