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I was delighted to be asked to edit the fourth edition of Anatomy for Dental Students by Oxford University Press. It brought things full circle for me. Jim Moore, one of the original authors alongside David Johnson, was one of my excellent anatomy teachers at Birmingham University and was instrumental in guiding me into a career in anatomy. It is fitting that I can repay that debt by editing “Johnson and Moore”.
Reading the preface to the first edition published almost thirty years ago shows that many aspects of dental education are still much the same. Development of dental course delivery and assessment continues in many dental schools and the introduction of integrated curricula blur or demolish traditional subject boundaries. Why then is there still a need for a “single subject” book in this brave new world? David Johnson and Jim Moore hit the bull’s eye with their first aim in the original preface—that all health care professionals need a sound working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body and its application to their particular clinical area. This is paramount whether students study anatomy as a named subject or whether it is integrated into wider units of the curriculum. Three editions of Anatomy for Dental Students have provided a concise and precise account of the development, structure and function of the human body relevant to dental students and practitioners and it is my hope that the fourth edition will continue in that role.
Anatomy and publishing technology have advanced considerably since the last edition in 1997. The fourth edition has an entirely different style and presentation which will make it easier to use. One new feature of the fourth edition is the use of text boxes; ‘clinical’ boxes emphasise the application of anatomical information to clinical practice and ‘sidelines’ boxes contain additional interesting material not necessarily required in all dental courses. Colour illustrations are used much more extensively; all the figures have been expertly redrawn by David Gardner but the majority are based on the original drawings of Anne Johnson. David redrew Figures 3.2, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 14.1, 15.19, 17.1, 17.2, 18.5, 20.5, 24.6, 26.2, 26.1, 27.8, 28.6, 28.11, 28.14 and 32.17 from illustrations published in Basic Medical Science for Speech and Language Therapy Students by Martin Atkinson and Stephen McHanwell; I am grateful to Wiley-Blackwell for permission to use them.
The entire book has been edited and reordered to bring it into line with the requirements of students studying dental courses today. Section 1 on the basic structure and function of systems pertinent to dental practice has been expanded to benefit students who enter dental school without a biological background and also those who have studied one of the myriad modular higher level biology courses where vital material on human biology often falls through the gaps. Section 1 should create a level playing field for everyone irrespective of their previous biological experience. An appreciation of the nervous system, especially the cranial nerves, is fundamental to understanding the head and neck; the section on the nervous system therefore now precedes the section on head and neck anatomy. The head and neck section has been substantially reordered to describe the anatomy from the superficial to deep aspects of the head and then down the neck, the sequence of dissection usually followed by those who still have the opportunity to carry it out. An innovative approach to the study of the skull is used in chapter 22. The skull is assembled bone by bone so that the relationships and contributions of each bone to different subdivisions of the skull can be appreciated. The requisite detail of specific bones is then described with reference to soft tissue anatomy in chapters 23 onwards, each covering a particular region of the head and neck or their development. All the chapters on the nervous system and embryology and development have been rewritten to incorporate recent advances in these subjects; the developmental chapters have been integrated with the pertinent anatomy.
I wish to thank my colleagues Keith Figures and Adrian Jowett for their helpful discussions on various clinical aspects of anatomy and current guidelines to clinicians issued in the UK; I am also grateful to Keith for reading various clinically related sections and giving me extremely useful comments. Nevertheless any errors in the book are entirely my responsibility. Martin Payne kindly provided some of the radiographs used in chapter 31. Thanks also to Martin and Jane Wattam for introducing me to the wonders of cone beam computerized tomography. I am indebted to Geraldine Jeffers, my editor at Oxford University Press—the most exacting but also the most encouraging and supportive editor I have ever worked with—great craic Geraldine. I must also thank Hannah Lloyd and Abigail Stanley who played a significant part in bringing this edition to fruition. Diana—thanks as ever for your support, encouragement, and input throughout this venture. Can life return to normal now?

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