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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
Volwiler W. Diseases of the Liver and Biliary System. JAMA. 1976;235(10):1060–1061. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260360058037
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