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December 17, 1997

Diseases of the Liver and Biliary System

Author Affiliations

Hines, Ill

JAMA. 1997;278(23):2116. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550230092048

This classic text, which first appeared in 1963, is the foremost liver book in the world by only one or two authors. The current edition has the same chapter headings as the ninth (1993) and is almost the same length, but this is accomplished by adding new information where important changes are warranted (chronic hepatitis is markedly expanded) and decreasing the space allotted to sections that have not changed.

The book is aimed at all physicians who are not liver specialists. It is written for those who treat and advise patients and, as such, all that is required is included, and all that is not required is excluded. In the last several editions, cartoons, line drawings, flow charts, and concept diagrams have been widely included to present mechanisms or approaches to disease while saving detailed presentation in the text, and in this manner much basic science information is imparted in