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January 1957

Diseases of the Liver.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(1):160-161. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260010162030

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This book, in every sense a good book on diseases of the liver, opens with a chapter on anatomic considerations, by Rappaport, that is well done and illustrated with beautiful histologic pictures. The following chapters on biochemical considerations, by Seligson, and on experimental hepatic injury, by Hartroft, are excellent, although they might be difficult reading for the uninitiated in biochemistry. The authors have pointed out many things left to be done and have tended to confirm, as much as anything, an old saying among those interested in hepatic disease—that the soul must be in the liver. Maclagen's discussion on tests of liver function is down to earth and practical, while Davidson's chapter on hepatic coma is a classic by one who has had great experience in this field. Smetana's review of the pathologic aspects of hepatitis is a magnificent article with excellent illustrations, both colored and black and white. The

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