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February 1981

Amoebic Liver Abscess

Arch Surg. 1981;116(2):259. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380140099038

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This is a very comprehensive coverage of an important and severe complication of intestinal amebiasis. It should be of considerable interest to all physicians in the United States as well as those in countries where this affliction exists owing to low socioeconomic conditions. Even though in recent years in Louisiana we have only a rare case of full-blown hepatic amebiasis, one should always be aware of this condition in the differential diagnosis of acute abdominal diseases.

This monograph is well written. It contains excellent colored illustrations of the pathologic states as well as photomicrographs of the specimens presented. The charts are very complete and appropriately located. The diagnostic techniques presented for the microbiology laboratory and those using electronic devices such as roentgenograms, scintigrams, ultrasound, and the computerized tomographic scan are well described.

The therapeutic approaches (both medical and surgical) included are clear and described in great detail. Clinical maneuvers used

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