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July 24, 1937

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases of the Liver and Biliary Tract

JAMA. 1937;109(4):302. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780300058028

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This work, the manuscript of which was finished only a short time before the tragic death of Dr. Phillips, has been revised by his successor, Russell L. Haden. The book is divided into four parts. The first part begins with an interesting and adequate chapter on the embryology and anatomy of the liver, followed by an account of the physiology of the liver in which the essential features are presented succinctly and without unnecessary elaboration. The next chapter discusses the methods of examination of the liver and of the gallbladder, describing physical examination, examination by the x-rays and the chemical examination of the bile. The methods used in cholecystography are described in detail and the value and limitation of this new method of study are adequately considered. The first part closes with an excellent consideration of liver function tests. Here all the better known methods are discussed in detail and

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