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May 25, 1957

Practical Diagnosis and Treatment of Liver Disease

JAMA. 1957;164(4):503. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980040143033

This is a practical and relatively condensed book on liver disease written for the clinician. A composite approach to diagnosis and treatment with correlation of clinical and laboratory findings is stressed. The first five chapters deal with the diagnostic significance of the various clinical and laboratory findings. Chapter 6 is concerned with general principles of therapy. Treatment of fluid retention, electrolyte disturbances, coma, and hematemesis is included. There is a brief discussion of the surgical procedures available for the latter. The tone of this chapter is practical, and there are convenient tables and diet lists. The final chapters deal with liver disease due to nutritional deficiencies and metabolic disturbances, toxipathic liver disease, circulatory disturbance, biliary obstruction and infection, neoplastic disease of the liver, and trauma. The presentation is clear, concise, and readable. The bibliography is selected but adequate for the purpose of the book. Theoretical discussion is minimal. The print

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