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December 11, 1996

Liver and Biliary Diseases

Author Affiliations

VA Hospital Hines, Ill

JAMA. 1996;276(22):1848-1849. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540220072038

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Hepatology: A Textbook of Liver Disease, vols 1 & 2, edited by David Zakim and Thomas D. Boyer, 3rd ed, 1917 pp, with illus, $295, ISBN 0-7216-4836-3, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1996.

The second edition of the popular Liver and Biliary Diseases appears 4 years after the first, reflecting the rapid changes, particularly in pathophysiology. This book has three impressive features setting it apart from other liver texts written for clinicians. The basic science and molecular concepts are better presented, there are excellent cartoons integrating many concepts and interrelations into a memorable diagram, and there is a carefully chosen, very limited, annotated bibliography; it is a strong feature, and the annotations guide one to the classics for further study.

The 769 text pages are partitioned into 206 on structure and pathophysiology, 100 on complications of liver disease and management, 102 on the common liver diseases, 96 on