Orthodontic Diagnostic Principles

Terrence J. Freer, Christopher Thean Chye Ho

A useful textbook represents the outcome of pragmatism versus idealism. Lengthy qualifications and arguments are simply not instructive at the undergraduate level. The broad contributions of authors in this edition provide a balanced compilation of information which is firmly grounded. They come from diverse educational and clinical backgrounds and yet have produced a cohesive and consistent resource. I would like to thank them all. The book reflects evidence-based mainstream orthodontic teaching and provides the stimulus for progressive learning throughout the dental student’s journey to graduation. The material is comprehensive but not overwhelming.

The educational experiences of undergraduates are considerably enhanced by reference to a consistent central source of knowledge which is not outrageously expensive. There is little benefit in different instructors using different classifications of malocclusion or variously interpreting the current evidence on the effects of functional appliances. Undergraduates are subjected to onerous time demands and can become lost in a sea of information, some of which is irrelevant. In addition, universities are moving inexorably toward standardised digital teaching strategies. A balanced textbook offers a valuable resource in this chameleon-like environment.

I believe the book also provides a useful starting point for postgraduate candidates in-so-far as it emphasises a basic level of knowledge with which they ought to be familiar prior to expanding their perspectives with closer study of the published literature. It is my experience that postgraduate candidates often seek to serve many masters and fail to grasp the importance of basic and often simple facts. Some also fail to develop the skills of simplifying and summarising extensive information sources in an understandable and clinically applicable form.

This third edition is essentially similar to the previous editions and the design, layout and line drawings are products of the hard work of Kira Hogg and I thank her once again. Survival to a third edition suggests a continuing relevance. I also thank Chris Ho for his commitment, good humour and considerable effort in launching this third edition. Without his contribution it would not have happened. He has been the prime mover in rewriting some of the text, obtaining updated clinical illustrations and encouraging other contributors.

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