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Book and Media Reviews
March 28, 2007

Schiff’s Diseases of the Liver, vols 1 & 2

JAMA. 2007;297(12):1379-1383. doi:10.1001/jama.297.12.1380

This edition continues to be a superior text; 60 multiauthored chapters emphasize the state of the art in diagnosis and treatment of liver disease. Many new authors, chosen from the promising leaders of the future, blend efforts with the best-known professors. The size of the book remains about the same through reduction and elimination of outdated material, with added emphasis on the new directions of clinical hepatology. The 60 chapters are logically grouped into 12 major sections. Each chapter begins with pithy key points in large, colored print, followed by a concise summary of the material. Bold-print headings allow one to quickly locate needed information. Tables, images, graphs, photomicrographs, and cartoons are widely used for the illustration and summary of complex issues, many in color and presented on the same page in which complex issues are discussed. The printed size of illustrations varies widely to ensure that the cited feature can be clearly discerned. There are extensive current bibliographies, with detailed sentence annotations for 3 to 10 of the most recommended papers.

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