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The Only Book For Aspiring Dentists (that I could find)

Updated: Mar 18, 2021

Face-to-Face by Professor Jim McCaul

If you are a medical applicant you will have almost definitely been told to read lots and this is very sound advice. With a large range of books, one is naturally spoilt for choice and these books are applicable to anyone wanting to study medicine. The problem I've come across (I'm an aspiring dentist) is that books written by dentists are rare (I can't find any) and so I've found the closest thing to it. A book written by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (see a previous post on oral and maxillofacial surgery.)


Jim McCaul is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and if you have not seen my post on oral and maxillofacial surgery here is a quick overview.

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is one of the 10 surgical specialities in the UK where one is usually required to have a degree in both dentistry and medicine. An OMFS focuses on reconstructive and trauma surgery focusing on the face, mouth and neck. In this book McCaul discusses his cases and areas of his personal life. This book is comparable to the other medical books with regards to tone and type of content, but this is the only book that gives you and insight into OMFS. McCaul writes about treating cancer, working in America, difficult patients, general OMFS and his own life. Opinions

Though the tone of this book is comparable to other medical books (which isn't a bad thing), it gives you insights into a relatively unknown surgical speciality. For me, as someone who is considering OMFS, the insights it gives is invaluable. I highly recommend this book as a general medical book that aspiring medics should read but even more so for dentists.

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