The preface to Liver and Biliary Tract Surgery indicates that the volume was commissioned by the Executive Committee of the Hellenic Surgical Society at the time of the 25th Panhellenic Congress of Surgery to honor the 79th anniversary of the society.
The stated reason for printing the text in English was so that it might be read outside Greece.
The book is divided into 4 sections. With the exception of the first chapter on embryology and anatomy of the biliary tract, which was written cooperatively by 2 authors from North America, all of the other authors of the succeeding 47 chapters are from Greek academic medical centers, a German academic medical center (University Hospital Essen), or the Hammersmith Hospital at Imperial College, London.
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