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November 1954

Diseases of the Liver.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1954;94(5):869. doi:10.1001/archinte.1954.00250050183032

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This book comprises a comprehensive account of present knowledge concerning hepatic disease. Its objective is to give the clinician a ready reference in which he can find a clear and concise account of clinical problems. This goal is achieved whether the clinician desires knowledge of the present-day status of portal cirrhosis or if his intellectual curiosity leads him to the discussion of hepatic changes in Fanconi's syndrome.

Emphasis is centered on what the author has termed the "triple spearhead" for diagnosis, namely clinical, biochemical (physiologic), and anatomic factors. The last two factors are discussed in the opening chapters, the remainder of the book being devoted to clinical conditions affecting the liver and the alterations produced in the biochemical and anatomic factors. A summary of each condition appears in bold type at the end of each subject. The bibliography is extensive and complete.

In general the book is well written, and

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