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March 8, 1976

Diseases of the Liver and Biliary System

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University of Washington Seattle

JAMA. 1976;235(10):1060-1061. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260360058037

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Abstract

Diseases of the Liver, edited by Leon Schiff, ed 4; 1,461 pp, 558 illus, $69, Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1975.

These are now the two most authoritative books, for English-speaking countries, on the human hepatobiliary system and its diseases. Each almost completely covers this large field, is very up-to-date, and critically written. While having similar organization, they are different in writing style and approach: Sherlock's book, prepared by one person (a monumental and admirable task!), yields optimal coordination of material, an absence of unnecessary redundancy, and a uniform writing style. Although confined to 800 pages, this volume is truly encyclopedic—a quality achieved by an extremely efficient use of language in a succinct and very direct writing style. Her approach is one of great clarity and practicality; since development of scholarly depth is not an objective, this plan allows the product to be so compact. Dr Schiff's larger volume contains about three times

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