New Edition
Cawson's Essentials of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine, International Edition,
Edition 9 Cawson's Essentials of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine, International Edition
By Edward W Odell, FDSRCS, MSc, PhD, FRCPath

Publication Date: 28 Jun 2017

The new edition of this classic book continues to support a new generation of dental students in their understanding of the essential aspects of oral pathology, oral medicine and systemic disease, as they relate to the day-to-day practice of dentistry. Fully updated throughout with the latest diagnostic tests, treatment protocols and international guidelines, the book will be essential for all undergraduates studying dentistry as well as postgraduate examinations.

Key Features

  • Brand new edition of the first textbook to integrate oral medicine, pathology and surgery in a practical, student-orientated fashion!
  • Friendly, accessible writing style provides ready access to essential information
  • Ample use of flow charts guide the student thorough the process of differential diagnosis for a range of conditions
  • Evidenced-based throughout to help facilitate safe clinical practice
  • Presents the latest national and international guidelines

  • Helpful self-assessment provides an indication of the level of understanding and problem solving abilities expected at an undergraduate level
  • Useful summary charts aid subject revision and understanding

New Features

  • Expanded to meet the higher-level of understanding and application of knowledge required of students today
  • Contains trusted PubMed ID references and websites to ensure relevance and immediacy
  • Updated design – with helpful colour coding – aids reader engagement and retention of facts
  • Improved illustration program helps clarify complex physiological processes and other challenging concepts
About the author
By Edward W Odell, FDSRCS, MSc, PhD, FRCPath, Professor of Oral Pathology and Medicine, King’s College London and Honorary Consultant in Oral Pathology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London
Table of Contents

1 Principles of investigation, diagnosis and treatment

SECTION 1: Hard Tissue Pathology

2 Disorders of tooth development

3 Disorders of development

4 Dental caries

5 Pulpitis and apical periodontitis

6 Tooth wear, resorption, hypercementosis and osseointegration

7 Gingival and periodontal diseases

8 Infections of the jaws

9 Major infections of the mouth and face

10 Cysts in and around the jaws

11 Odontogenic tumours and related jaw lesions

12 Non-odontogenic tumours of the jaws

13 Genetic, metabolic and other non-neoplastic bone diseases

14 Disorders of the temporomandibular joints and trismus

SECTION 2: Soft Tissue Disease

15 Diseases of the oral mucosa: mucosal infections

16 Diseases of the oral mucosa: non-infective stomatitis

17 Tongue disorders

18 Benign chronic white mucosal lesions

19 Potentially malignant disorders

20 Oral cancer

21 Other mucosal and lip carcinomas

22 Non-neoplastic diseases of salivary glands

23 Salivary gland neoplasms

24 Benign mucosal swellings

25 Soft tissue tumours

26 Oral pigmented lesions

SECTION 3: Systemic Disease in Dentistry

27 Anaemias, leukaemias and lymphomas

28 Haemorrhagic disorders

29 Immunodeficiency

30 Allergy, autoimmune and autoinflammatory disease

31 Cervical lymphadenopathy

32 Cardiovascular disease

33 Respiratory tract disease

34 Gastrointestinal and liver disease

35 Nutritional deficiencies

36 Endocrine disorders and pregnancy

37 Renal disease

38 Pain and neurological disorders

39 Physical and learning disability

40 Mental health disorders

41 Dentistry and elderly patients

42 Complications of systemic drug treatment

43 Medical emergencies

SECTION 4: Self-Assessment Questions and Learning Guides

44 Learning guide

Self-assessment questions

Book Reviews

A useful and important learning aid!

This is a highly informative book which is useful for all dental students. It provides concise factual information and relevant diagrams, as well as histological slides. The book is also easy to read and interesting.

There are boxes listing key features of the diseases, for a useful revision aid, and there are logical flow diagrams showing differential diagnoses. The book covers the aspects of oral medicine and pathology in depth, but also provides information about medically compromised patients and common dental diseases, such as caries and periodontal disease.

As a BDS4 student I highly recommend this book!

BDS student, UK

Brilliant Book!

This is an excellent book for dental students, which contains just the right amount of information coupled with some remarkable colour images.

Don't let its title of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine mislead you to think that it is just a collection of slides - it has a lot of in depth knowledge in all areas relating to oral health as well as a section with the relevant medical aspects of dentistry covered in good detail. It’s very easy to read and doesn’t contain a lot of waffle. The bullet point boxes highlight the relevant and important key features which are great for revision.

I thoroughly recommend this book for all dental undergraduate students.

BDS student, UK

The perfect book for oral medicine!

Being a fourth year dental student, this book has provided a lot of information for oral medicine.

A lot of my lecturers use this book in their handouts, so when you read those handouts you know where to look afterwards. It has nice diagrams which are easy to understand and make your studying a bit less stressful.

What I also enjoyed in this book is that it doesn't stick just to oral medicine, but it also takes you a step further giving you information concerning not only dental but medically relevant information as well.

BDS student, UK

Oral med made easy!

This book is great for revision!

There are lots of pictures and histological slides, and the book is not loaded with text making it easier to read. There are summary boxes and flow diagrams. It also has information about 'normal' dental conditions such as caries and periodontitis and a section on medical emergencies.

I don't know how I'd pass without this book!

BDS student, UK

Great book!

A good overall book which covers everything you need to know in these areas with lots of useful pictures.

BDS student, UK


Utterly indispensable.

A summary of all aspects of oral med and path, both hard tissue and soft tissue. It’s categorized by type of pathology, and subdivided from that into specific lesions. There's a lot of information on the commoner conditions, although the rarer ones are worth only one sparse paragraph.

Well illustrated with lots of good pictures of pathologies, the section on cysts (which are, after all, the things most likely to come up in exams) is particularly good.

Very useful are the summary tables which list all possible causes of red patches/white patches/radiolucencies/whatever and their distinguishing features. They're easy to understand, memorize and regurgitate in exams.

This book allowed me to pass my finals.

BDS student, UK


This book is an ideal starting point for any dental undergraduate or indeed newly qualified graduate who is interested or needs to study these two subjects.

US dental student

Everything in the text is something that a dental student should know. I really like the division into three core sections: hard tissues, soft tissue and medical pathologies. Many texts do not cover both the histology/pathology so successfully and the clinical aspects – usually it’s one or the other, but both are relevant, and I like the way the book ties them both together into a logical framework.

The book is very well written, and a good first port of call for learning about a new topic.

Andrew E Jones, 4th year student, Liverpool

Book details
ISBN: 9780702049811
Page Count: 568
Retail Price : £30.99

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