December 3, 1982

Diseases of the Liver

Author Affiliations

University of Maryland School of Medicine Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center


edited by Leon Schiff and Eugene R. Schiff, ed 5; 1,681 pp, 788 illus, $117.50, Philadelphia, Harper & Row Publishers Inc, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(21):2911-2912. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330210083055

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This book, currently in its fifth edition, continues the tradition of excellent topical monographs in the field of liver pathophysiology and diseases, written by the finest authors available. Dr Leon Schiff has been joined by his son Eugene as editor, and another son, Gilbert, has contributed one of the chapters.

The book consists of 42 chapters from six to 70 pages in length. Each is a complete monograph unto itself, written for the clinical hepatologist with heavy emphasis on pathophysiology. About 15 of the chapters are a modest update of excellent works from previous editions, but the majority are completely new, indicating the major changes in the liver field. Outstanding reviews include the chapters "Hormones and Liver Function," "Viral Hepatitis," "Toxic and Drug-Induced Hepatitis," "Influence of Liver Diseases on the Disposition and Elimination of Drugs," "Chronic Hepatitis," and "Special Radiological Procedures in Liver Diseases." These represent the state of the