December 1966

The Biliary System: A Symposium of the NATO Advanced Study Institute.

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Edited by W. Taylor, BSc, PhD. Price, $25.00. Pp 712, with some illustrations. Published by Blackwell Scientific Publications, distributed by F. A. Davis Company, 1914-16 Cherry St, Philadelphia, Pa 19103, 1965.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(6):620-621. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290180096030

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This is the formal report of this symposium; the papers presented and their discussion seemed a little like invading a private family affair. One learns the latest gossip, but must not be upset by the irrelevancies of undirected conversation and even an occasional quarrel. For this reason and because many of the papers were highly specialized, packed with data, and not always easy to read, this symposium need not be considered required reading for the physician who is not particularly interested in the biliary tract.

For those of us for whom this anatomicalphysiological unit is our very life's blood, the book requires cover to cover reading. Additional pleasure and amusement come from the discussion if one knows the participants, all of whom are experts. The editor, Dr. W. Taylor, who also organized the symposium, showed excellent choice. The great many new ideas, methods of study, and in most cases previously

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