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August 5, 1983

Hepatology: A Textbook of Liver Disease

JAMA. 1983;250(5):675. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340050079040

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It is always a pleasure to review a book that will compete with earlier giants in the field that have performed well and are in editions well beyond their first. Hepatology as a field is becoming more distinct because so many new directions require specific information. This creates a need for new writers.

This book might be characterized as the West Coast of America book, with many new and excellent authors coming together attempting to do something even better that has been well done in the past. In my judgment, they have produced an excellent product that will be recognized and used. Hepatology bridges imagery, pathology, endoscopy, and clinical biochemistry and immunology in a manner beyond that of any other field. Most of the advances of the past decade have been away from the classic hepatology axis of clinical and biopsy medicine. The thrust of this new book recognizes this,