The concept of human disease teaching in dentistry arose out of General Dental Council recommendations in their report ‘The First Five Years’, published in 2002 and currently under revision. This suggested an integrated approach to the teaching of general medicine and surgery, and the related disciplines. There are slight variations in the subjects incorporated into human disease teaching across UK dental schools, but general medicine and surgery teaching is common to all. Pharmacology, pathology and microbiology are also included in the course at Newcastle University, and the material in this book forms the basis of the theoretical elements of that course.
A dentist should have a firm grounding in all these disciplines to facilitate a broader knowledge and understanding of human disease, which can then be focused on issues of direct relevance to dentistry. This approach enables informed dialogue with colleagues in other healthcare professions, including general medical practitioners.
This second edition of Textbook of Human Disease in Dentistry, now called Essentials of Human Disease in Dentistry, aims to build on the strengths of the first edition, but has been updated in several key areas. The underlying principle remains the same – to provide the dental student/dental practitioner with a firm background knowledge of the relevant aspects of general medicine and surgery, pharmacology, pathology and microbiology. New additions to this edition include multiple choice–style questions at the end of each chapter, together with relevant references.