December 1974

Surgery of the Liver and Portal Circulation

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by William V. McDermott, Jr., 175 pp, $14, Lea & Febiger, 1974.

Arch Surg. 1974;109(6):846. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360060112040

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The author of this book states his purpose candidly and achieves it admirably. The volume "is intended to present the views of one individual" and "to provide the general surgeon with a simplified guide to management from a single point of view." The pathophysiology and complications of portal hypertension are dealt with in some detail and their management is succintly presented. The author's personal interpretations, opinions, and experience are given major emphasis. He does identify controversial areas and cite other approaches, but he avoids controversy by not discussing the relative merits of opposing methods and by ignoring altogether those areas in which opinions are many and facts are few.

The work does not purport to be an exhaustive treatise on the surgery of the liver, and some areas are mentioned only briefly or omitted altogether. Thus a variety of special diagnostic techniques are nicely evaluated, but the standard liver function

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