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Sept 1962

Liver Biopsy: An Atlas of Histologic Appearances

Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(3):400-401. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620210124029

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A collection of 107 photomicrographs, representing a variety of hepatic disorders, serves as the purpose of this small volume. The lesions constitute the range of histologic patterns encountered in a diagnostic (needle) biopsy service. Included are variations of the normal, nonspecific evidences of injury, infectious and toxic hepatitis, obstructive jaundice, cirrhosis, hepatic granuloma, neoplasm, and a small number of miscellaneous conditions. In the main the illustrations are of excellent quality; several do not meet these standards, and in a few instances reproduction leaves much to be desired. Occasional examples appear to exhibit postmortem features.

The 41 pages of text are prepared in outline form. Although 208 references are cited, elaboration is spotty and uncritical. This applies as well to the disappointingly sketchy descriptions of the photographs.

For the pathologist or clinician well versed in the histologic features of liver disorders the book offers little. Others, lacking this experience, may profit

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