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September 19, 1986

Diseases of the Liver and Biliary System

JAMA. 1986;256(11):1501. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380110107040

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This new edition of a classic text that we have all become accustomed to using has reversed a trend in that it has become smaller. This was accomplished by tighter writing, use of a great number of diagrams that illustrate rather than describe, and printing the references in smaller type than the rest of the text.

The organization is logical and, as in earlier editions, the anatomy and physiology are covered in separate sections proportional to their clinical importance. The integration of imaging into all sections is prominent and the illustrations, whether actual photographs or line drawings, amplify the point in the text. The symptoms of liver disease, including hepatocellular failure, encephalopathy, ascites, and portal hypertension and jaundice, are covered in appropriate detail, followed by the clinical presentations. Cholestasis, viral hepatitis, chronic hepatitis, and drugs and the liver receive general treatment before moving on to the specific disorders.

Superior discussions