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May 14, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(2):116-121. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960020022007


Moderator:  Albert M. Snell, M.D., Palo Alto, Calif.

Discussors:  Robert Kark, M.D., Chicago Hugh R. Butt, M.D., Rochester, Minn. Victor Sborov, M.D., San Francisco C. M. Jones, M.D., Boston

Moderator:  The questions to be considered by this panel fall into four groups: (1) the place of diet and drugs in the treatment of liver disease; (2) infectious hepatitis and its consequences; (3) the nature, clinical recognition, and management of hepatic insufficiency; and (4) the control of hemorrhage from esophageal varices. We are asked to discuss first the type of diet to be recommended for a patient with atrophic cirrhosis.

Dr. Jones:  By the term atrophic cirrhosis, I assume that one means chronic liver disease secondary to those degenerative processes that appear to be due to a diet inadequate in total calories and more particularly in protein content. The term might also be used to designate the

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