November 1984

Extrahepatic Biliary Atresia

Author Affiliations

Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Children's Service Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, MA 02014


edited by F. Daum, 280 pp, with illus, $45, New York, Marcel Dekker Inc, 1983.

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(11):1039. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140490039009

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This book is a collection of articles authored by 67 experts in the field of liver disease and presented at an international conference on extrahepatic biliary atresia in New York in November 1981. As such, it is the first book devoted entirely to a discussion of the cause, evaluation, medical, nutritional and surgical therapy, pathology, and current research of extrahepatic biliary atresia.

The strengths of the book include its distinguished author list that numbers many of the preeminent experts in the field (eg, Alagille on liver histopathology, Kasai on the hepatic portoenterostomy, and Starzl on liver transplantation). Some topics are particularly well covered, including the spectrum of diagnostic studies available, surgical interventions and outcomes, and the therapeutic and nutritional aspects of biliary atresia. The section on research updates was a thoughtful addition but perhaps a bit narrow in scope. The reference lists have been updated in some cases to include

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