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June 1957

Die Leberkrankheiten: Diagnostik und Therapie für die Praxis.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(6):1018. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260060178023

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This book presents the opinions of an experienced German clinician and thus an illuminating insight into the German concepts in hepatic diseases. The clinical symptomatology is discussed in great detail; the hepatic tests receive considerable less emphasis than the findings in liver biopsy, the peritoneoscopic method being applied in contrast to the "blind" biopsy mainly used in this country. Descriptions of the gross appearance of the liver in life supported by peritoneoscopic drawings are excellent and present features seldom illustrated in American texts. They doubtless are the part of this book most valuable for the American reader. The viewpoints of the originator of the peritoneoscopic method, Kalk, find wide considerations. The histologic descriptions, in contrast, are technically poor. The American influence is apparent throughout the book, not only in the scarce literature given, but also in the classification applied. However, many opinions may sound somewhat strange to the American reader.

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