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July 28, 1956

The Biliary Tract with Special Reference to the Common Bile Duct

JAMA. 1956;161(13):1341. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970130129031

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This book is primarily concerned with diseases of the common bile duct and the papilla of Vater and their management. The author has covered these subjects exhaustively, often drawing on his own personal studies and experiences. The chapters on anatomy and physiology are particularly outstanding and include much new material. Since the author is a surgeon, the subject of surgical management is treated at full length; and the chapter on anesthesia is good. Radiology is also well covered. Other aspects of the subject as well as the related fields, such as the gallbladder, pancreas, and liver, are discussed in a rather cursory fashion and often in outline form. The book is well illustrated; references are selected. Some chapters are well done, but others are superficial and poor reading. The book can be recommended to those interested in the primary subject.

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