Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Eugene R. Schiff, Michael F. Sorrell, and Willis C. Maddrey, 8th ed, 2830 pp, with illus, $229, ISBN 0-397-58769-4, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott-Raven, 1999.
The eighth edition, appearing 43 years after the first, shows extraordinary changes from its 1993 antecedent. Two outstanding liver educators join Eugene Schiff in producing a completely revamped two-volume treatise. All three editors are strong clinicians working with complex and challenging patients, who through their clinical activities remain on the cutting edge of rapidly expanding hepatology.
The extensive changes include a new organization. Less important topics have been dropped and new ones added, reflecting advances and retreats in liver disease. New authors include a rich sampling of the best worldwide. Each chapter begins with a few pithy "Key Concepts" and ends with two bibliographies, one with 6 to 20 annotated items, the other extensive and very recent. The many contributors emphasize all that is clinically pertinent with just sufficient basic science to make the new logical and comprehensible.
LiverSchiff's Diseases of the Liver, vols 1 & 2. JAMA. 1999;282(1):93-94. doi:10.1001/jama.282.1.93-JBK0707-2-1