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December 1, 1978

Viral Hepatitis

JAMA. 1978;240(23):2581-2582. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290230073037

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Burgeoning information on the etiology of viral hepatitis has led to a series of review articles and monographs during the past five years, and, no doubt, the future will bring many more. The special importance of this book is that it brings together current understandings without including all the uncertainties, arguments, and infightings that have characterized some recent reviews. We have simply reached the point where current understandings seem reliable enough to make the history of how we got there less important than formerly. This book is brief and to the point. I did not become aware of any objectionable prejudice in the views of the authors.

The authors cover virologic matters in detail but in surprisingly few words. There is an especially helpful chapter on epidemiology. Clinical aspects are described briefly. Chapters on fulminant hepatitis and chronic hepatitis are excellent, with useful discussions of clinical management. The six pages