Scully's Medical Problems in Dentistry, 7th Edition
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This text offers an authoritative account of general medical and surgical conditions as they apply to the practice of dentistry and oral healthcare. Now established as the standard reference on the subject, Scully’s Medical Problems in Dentistry is essential for students learning for the first time or practitioners needing to keep up-to-date with their knowledge.
"This remains an excellent comprehensive textbook bringing together relevant information into one place. It is a book to use for reference, rather than an end-to-end read, but it continues to fulfil its function amply in the increasingly complex world of the medical-dental interface." Dr Mike Pemberton, Consultant in Oral Medicine, Dental Updatem, Sept 2014Table of Contents
New to This Edition
- Includes an array of new disorders ranging from hypersensitivity syndrome to neuropathic pain;
- Discusses recent updates in pharmacology and other aspects of medical intervention, including the use of biological therapies;
- Explores new areas such as cosmetic and other implants, dental materials hypersensitivity, drugs and dietary interactions and new aspects of alternative medicine;
- Other issues include elder maltreatment, care of vulnerable people, treatment of sexual minorities, new substance abuse and self-harm;
- Explores the link between periodontal infection and various systemic diseases;
- New national and international guidelines, selected recent references and up-to-date websites.
- Helps understanding of the relevant illness as identified from the patient’s history, physical examination and investigations;
- Shows readers how to present a succinct and, when appropriate, unified list of all problems that could influence oral health care and formulate a diagnosis/treatment plan for each problem;
- Emphasises the need to appreciate issues of access and informed consent, preventive oral health care and the avoidance of harm;
- Enables the reader to develop strategies to identify patients at risk of medical problems, to assess the severity of those risks and, where necessary, to recognize the need for referral;
- Places emphasis on good communication between all health-care professionals, and between HCPs and patients;
- Emphasises the need to take into account people’s cultural needs and preferences as well as deal with patients who may have additional needs such as physical, sensory or learning disabilities;
- User-friendly format allows ease of access to information whether for exam revision purposes or for a specific issue confronting staff in a busy clinical environment.
"Do I need this book, or one of similar quality? There is no doubt; it is an item that I would want available in any multiple-surgery practice I worked in, for all of the staff, for reference, and for quickly resolving differences of opinion. However, I would encourage home reading, too; you will be surprised what updates you need and what grabs your attention."
Primary Dental Care, April 2011
"It is now four years since the 6th edition of this well established textbook was published. This new seventh edition has adopted a larger page size and runs to 823 pages, an increase of 77 pages on its predecessor. The contents are laid out in the same format as previously with 37 chapters divided up under five headings, namely, general medical issues (including medical emergencies), organ system disease, other system disease (for example allergy), other health issues and appendices. Medicine, like dentistry, continues to evolve. An increase in medical innovation combined with an ageing population means that our patients increasingly have complex medical histories, ongoing multimorbidities and need a polypharmacy of medication to maintain their health. No practitioner can expect to remember all of the finer details of multiple medical conditions and their relevance to dentistry. This book continues to act as a unique reference source of how medical problems can affect the practice of dentistry, bringing together information from a wide range of sources. Like another invaluable reference source, the BNF, this book benefits from its regular updating and Professor Scully is to be congratulated on his efforts. The pace of change, and the ease with which information on the internet can be quickly updated in the light of new evidence, is acknowledged with an expanded list of website references at the end of chapters, alongside traditional journal references and recommendations for further reading. The increasing influence of evidence-based medicine is also evident, although the paucity of high quality evidence for some of what we do, and our consequent reliance on consensus, is also acknowledged. This remains an excellent comprehensive textbook bringing together relevant information into one place. It is a book to use for reference, rather than an end-to-end read, but it continues to fulfil its function amply in the increasingly complex world of the medical-dental interface."
Dr Mike Pemberton, Consultant in Oral Medicine, Dental Updatem, Sept 2014
By Crispian Scully, CBE, MD, PhD, MDS, MRCS, FDSRCS, FDSRCPS, FFDRCSI, FDSRCSE, FRCPath, FMedSci, FHEA, FUCL, FBS, DSc, DChD, DMed (HC), Dr HC
, Professor Emeritus, University College London, UK; Visiting Professor at Universities of Edinburgh, Granada, Helsinki, Middlesex, Plymouth and West of England; Honorary Consultant at University College Hospitals, London, UK; Great Ormond Street Hospital, London; Edinburgh Dental Institute; St Savvas Hospital, Athens, Greece, and European Institute for Oncology, Milan, Italy