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May 12, 1956

Introduction to Hepatic Surgery

JAMA. 1956;161(2):181. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970020061029

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In this timely monograph, many misconceptions concerning the anatomy of the liver are clarified. The author is a Dutch anatomist and has documented his observations with line drawings, color plates, and cleared specimens. An excellent review of the anatomy of the liver is presented. The chapter dealing with indications for hepatic operations stimulates one to conjecture as to the future of liver surgery. The indications for such operations are outlined in detail. The care of the patient in the preoperative period is well summarized. An excellent and complete bibliography is presented. The author writes in a clear and succinct manner. This book should serve a useful purpose in the hands of those surgeons who have met failure in hepatic surgery in the past and need stimulation prior to a second attempt. It is a book that requires study, as it is not light reading in any sense.

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