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The authors accumulated an extensive experience with war wounds of the liver during World War II and have maintained an active interest in the subject since then. Their contributions to the surgical literature, especially those of Madding, have been many and worthwhile, and include original research as well as clinical experience. In addition to their own experience, the authors make liberal use of the knowledge and learning of others, and properly acknowledge these contributions in the very adequate bibliographies at the end of each chapter.
Since World War II many advances in the knowledge of liver anatomy, physiology, and management of liver wounds have made surgery on the liver for trauma more feasible and safer. The improved surgical mortality rates testify to this. These aspects are briefly but thoroughly covered.
The book opens with a chapter on surgical anatomy of the liver, a subject still often grossly misrepresented in modern
Fuller CH. Trauma to the Liver. JAMA. 1965;193(9):747. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090090053031
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