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Module Reading List

Social Sciences Related to Dentistry, 2019/20, Semester 1, 2
Stella Kwan
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Essential reading

Alder B, Porter M, Abraham C, vanTeijlingen E. Psychology and Sociology Applied to Medicine. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 2004.

Freeman R. The psychology of dental patient care : a common sense approach. London: British Dental Association; 2000.

Humphris, G. M., Morrison, T., & Lindsay, S. J. (1995). The Modified Dental Anxiety Scale: validation and United Kingdom norms. Community dental health. 12(3):143-50. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Kay EJ, Tinsley S. Communication and the dental team. London: Stephen Hancocks Limited; 2004

Simons D, Potter C, Temple G. Hypnosis and communication in dental practice. New Malden: Quintessence Publishing; 2007. Communication skills and Rapport - Chapter 3 (29-44) Available as an online course reading in the VLE . Chapter 6 and Chapter 23 are also useful.

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP). Making sense of evidence - 10 questions to help you make sense of randomised controlled trials. Available from:

Richards D. Critically appraising randomised trials. Evidence-based dentistry. 2009: 10.3

 Nettleton, S. Sociology of Health and Illness. Cambridge, Polity Press 2006. Chapter 2 The social construction of medical knowledge, is essential. The remainder of the book is useful background

Scambler, G. Sociology as applied to medicine, Edinburgh, Saunders 2003. Chapter 13 Deviance, Sick Role and Stigma, is essential. The remainder of the book is useful background

The last two chapters (Scambler and Nettleton) must be read before the lecture: Social Construction of Disease and Stigmatising conditions

Ayers, S and de Visser, R. Psychology for medicine London, Sage 2011

Joanna Moncrieff, Irving Kirsch (2005) Efficacy of antidepressants in adults. British medical journal. 2005;331:155-157(16 July), doi:10.1136/bmj.331.7509.155 

NICE (2009). Clinical guideline: Depression. Available from:

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Other useful reading

Bradby H. Medicine, Health and Society. 2012. London: SAGE.

Davey GCL. Dental phobias and anxieties: evidence for conditioning processes in the acquisition and modulation of a learned fear. Behaviour research and therapy. 1989;27(1):51-8.

de Jong A, Muris P, ter Horst G, Duyx MPMA. Aquisition and maintenance of dental anxiety: the role of conditioning experiences and cognitive factors. Behaviour research and therapy.. 1995;33(2):205-10.

de Jongh A, Muris P, ter Horst G, Van Zuuren FJ, De Wit CA. Cognitive correlates of dental anxiety. Journal of dental research. 1994 February 1, 1994;73(2):561-6.

De Jong, A & Meyerink-Anderson, M Dental phobia: An overview of cognitive behavioural theory, models and treatment in Gower P, editor. New research on the psychology of fear. New York: Nova Science Publishers; 2005. (153-180)
Extract available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE .

Freeman R. A psychodynamic theory for dental phobia. British dental journal.. 1998;184(4):170-2. Article available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE .

Freeman R. A psychodynamic understanding of the dentist-patient interaction. British dental journal. 1999;186(10):503-6.

Graham H. (ed). Understanding Health Inequalities. 2nd edition. 2009 McGraw-Hill: OUP.

Kent G. Memory of dental pain. Pain. 1985;21(2):187-94.

Kwan S and Petersen PE. Oral health: equity and social determinants. In Blas E and Sivasankara Kurup A. (eds) Equity, Social determinants and Public Health Programmes. 2010. Geneva: World Health Organization. Available to download:


This list was last updated on 18/12/2012