History Taking & Clinical Examination in Dentistry Charu M Marya
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1History Taking and Clinical Examination in DENTISTRY2
3History Taking and Clinical Examination in DENTISTRY
Charu M Marya BDS MDS PhD Professor and Head Department of Public Health Dentistry Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research Faridabad, Haryana, India Foreword Rahul J Hegde
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History Taking and Clinical Examination in Dentistry
First Edition: 2014
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I would like to thank my wife Dr Vandana for standing beside
me throughout my career and writing this book. She has
been my inspiration and motivation for continuing to
improve my knowledge and move my career forward.
She is my rock, and I dedicate this book to her.
7Contributors 9Foreword
It gives me great pleasure to write a foreword for History Taking and Clinical Examination in Dentistry. The approach adopted by the author should be a great help to those taking history and doing examination for diagnosis and treatment planning in dentistry. The idea of taking symptom complexes and then describing the diagnostic possibilities with guides to the management both of the disease itself and of the symptoms will be valuable to all who have to deal with problems of this sort.
I hope that it will be valuable to all those who have to deal with the clinical differential diagnosis. It should be of particular use to teaching faculty, undergraduate and postgraduate dental students and dental practitioners. It is the sort of book that should be in the hands of students of dentistry entering the clinics during their clinical postings.
Rahul J Hegde
(Executive Member, Dental Council of India)
Vice-Principal, Professor and Head
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Bharati Vidyapeeth University Dental College
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
President, Indian Society of Pediatric Dentistry
Senate Member, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences
The most important core skills for dental students to master are history taking and clinical examination. This book has been written with the philosophy that the acquisition of clinical skills is most effectively undertaken at the chairside. This book should be used as a companion, to be taken in the clinics where the information is most needed. The book begins with a system of history taking followed by chapters covering clinical examination and diagnosis. Each stage of the examination starts with a detailed step-by-step description of the examination method complemented by relevant illustrations, diagrams and tables. This book is intended primarily for use at the outset of clinical training; once students have achieved proficiency in the basic skills of interviewing and examining, the book should also prove useful for revision.
This book was written keeping in mind the problems faced in clinics by undergraduate and postgraduate students regarding history taking, clinical examination, diagnosis and treatment planning as no book is available in the market focusing specifically on these topics.
Charu M Marya
I would like to express my gratitude to many people who provided support, read, wrote, offered comments, allowed me to quote their remarks and assisted in the editing, proofreading and design.
I would like to thank my parents for allowing me to follow my ambitions throughout my childhood. Ever indebted to my mother for her encouragement and my father, my guide. My brother Dr Kirti Mohan Marya for standing by me always and sister Dr Priya Nagpal for her prayers. I also thank my wonderful children: Akshat and Dewang for always making me smile. My family, including my in-laws, have always supported me throughout my career and authoring this book and I really appreciate it. I want to acknowledge my family's contribution, for putting up with my absences, both mental and physical.
Many persons generously gave their time in the preparation of the first of its kind book History Taking and Clinical Examination in Dentistry. I would like to convey my grateful thanks to all the contributors for their cooperation and enthusiasm for the publication of this book. In addition, special appreciation is to be mentioned for Dr Ruchi Nagpal, Dr Sukhvinder, Dr Amit Rekhi who provided high quality logistic and editing support during the preparation of this book.
My thanks also go to my colleagues at the Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research, Faridabad (Haryana), who have given encouragement and support at key times in the development of this book and have contributed for creating a stimulating and congenial environment for me to work.
I would like to thank Mr Dharamvir Gupta (Chairman), Mr Deepak Gupta (Secretary), Prof (Dr) Indushekar (Principal) and Dr Vishal Juneja (CEO), Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research, Faridabad for their encouragement and support in this venture.14
My due regards to Shri Jitendar P Vij (Group Chairman), Mr Ankit Vij (Group President) and Mr Tarun Duneja (Director–Publishing) of M/s Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd, New Delhi, India, for rendering help to come out with this publication in time. I am thankful to Mrs Samina Khan (Executive Assistant to Director–Publishing), for being so instrumental and helpful for this publication, and Mr Rajesh Sharma (Production Coordinator) for extended profound support and interest in this release.