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Postgraduate Notes in Orthodontics (sixth edn, 2012)

Toby Gillgrass
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejo/cjt017 551-553 First published online: 13 May 2013
Postgraduate Notes in Orthodontics (sixth edn, 2012)

Author: University of Bristol

Publisher: University of Bristol, UK

Price: £60.00

ISBN: 0956271219

Pages: 305

This is the latest incarnation of the successful Postgraduate notes first published through the University of Bristol in 1998.

Despite its new cover, (red versus yellow) it looks, at first impression, essentially similar to the fifth edition.

For those unfamiliar with the book, it is a concise summary of the most relevant aspects including references of a post-graduate curriculum in orthodontics and has become an essential purchase for post-graduates throughout the UK and beyond.

The book is divided into generic subjects such as growth, occlusion, and craniofacial anomalies before concentrating on more orthodontic-specific areas such as different malocclusions, anomalies, treatment, relapse and retention, and risk benefits. For each section, there is a recommended reading section usually containing a couple of articles and the references from the text. A useful section for those about to sit exams is the question-and-answer section where clinical images are followed by a series of questions with answers given.

The new book appears essentially the same with minor modifications to the font and layout, improving its readability and space for note taking. The references are slightly modified in keeping with a publication year of 2012 versus that of the fifth edition of 2009.

Significant changes to the sections are kept to a minimum, although there is a new subsection of unerupted central incisor included in the anomalies section.

A few line diagrams have been added to aid explanation in the growth chapter, and certain chapters have been enlarged slightly (medico-legal aspects and imaging) in keeping with recent advances and changes in the literature. The popular question-and-answer section appears the same.

In summary, the book will continue to be an essential for those in post-graduate orthodontic training or those looking for a thorough review of the most up-to-date literature. For those with the fifth edition I do not think it offers significant enough changes to upgrade to the sixth.