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July 10, 1937

Quelques vérités premières (ou soi-disant telles) sur les maladies du foie

JAMA. 1937;109(2):159. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780280065037

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This is an interesting and unusual book in that it consists entirely of aphorisms with regard to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the liver. In many ways the idea looks good, the statements are short and pithy, and students and busy practitioners can absorb information quickly. The maker of aphorisms delights, of course, in such statements as "a cirrhotic does better when his arms and face get fat; or a reddened state of the buccal mucosa at the beginning is a bad sign indicating the coming of hepatic insufficiency." There is always the danger, of course, that such a statement is more striking than true. Under treatment, Fiessinger makes such useful and true statements as "a milk diet is a bad one because it constipates; it should be used only as a last resort. Sugar is the best food for the liver. One must not operate on patients

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