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This established book, now in its seventh edition and 39th year, is a clear landmark for clinicians. Compared with the previous, 1987, edition, the book is 5% longer, has some 15% new authors, and features a great quantity of new illustrations. The organization is about the same, with some chapters markedly truncated or even appropriately dropped and others expanded, reflecting the changing emphasis of our field.
Many of the chapters are new or rewritten. Bilirubin metabolism adds a wealth of new information to an area that I thought I understood. Endoscopy in the management of hepatobiliary disease is wonderfully illustrated, sclerosing cholangitis has been elevated to a fine chapter, there is an excellent chapter on the disposition and elimination of drugs by the liver and a solid chapter on the porphyrias. Chapters also deal with the liver in the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and following total parenteral nutrition.
Iber FL. Diseases of the Liver, vols 1 & 2. JAMA. 1994;271(18):1456-1457. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510420094044