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August 1957

Practical Diagnosis and Treatment of Liver Disease.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(2):335. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260080161034

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This is one of the several books on liver disease which have recently been published. The author states in the preface that this volume is "intended to provide a concise, current guide to the practicing physician." Like most books which are aimed at the "busy practitioner," this volume suffers from brevity. In order to cover the field of liver pathophysiology in a monograph of this size the author has severely limited the discussion of many important aspects of liver disease. It is unfortunate that the physiology of the liver is dismissed in two pages of text and that the pathogenesis of liver disease is contained in one page, half of which is devoted to a diagram. The author wisely emphasizes a "composite approach" to the patient, which he defines as the serial evaluation of clinical, biochemical, and histologic studies. The opinions expressed in this volume are based on data obtained

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