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July 17, 2002

HepatologyHepatology Principles and Practice: History, Morphology, Biochemistry, Diagnostics, Clinic, Therapy

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Erwin Kuntz and Hans-Dieter Kuntz, 825 pp, with illus, $129, ISBN 3-540-42161-0, New York, NY, Springer-Verlag, 2002.

JAMA. 2002;288(3):389-390. doi:10.1001/jama.288.3.389-JBK0717-5-1

This father-and-son team, with the superior technical skills of Springer-Verlag, have produced a text encompassing everything a practicing expert in liver disease or a medical student needs to know about hepatology. The redundancies and overlap so common in current multiauthored liver books in English are avoided, and the mature logical clinical experience of 6 decades comes out in ways not seen in a text since the early editions of Dame Sheila Sherlock's masterwork.

Let me introduce unique elements provided by Springer. Color illustrations of biopsies, laparoscopies, and sonograms appear on the page where the discussion takes place. The cropping and quality of illustrations is outstanding, with simple titles and captions permitting the reader to just "look at the pictures." Tables of findings, also on the appropriate page, are color-coded: grey for historical details; blue for normal findings, classification, causes, and therapy; red for pathological findings, contraindications, and side effects; and yellow for tests and procedures.

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