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August 1985

Color Atlas of Liver Disease

Arch Surg. 1985;120(8):980. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390320096029

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The British are apt to look at the patient, while we Americans concentrate on laboratory tests. This gorgeous color atlas shows what the authors—one of whom is the acknowledged queen of the right upper abdominal quadrant—sees.

The book is one in a series of 25 color atlases on diverse medical subjects, at least six of which are of interest to the surgeon and surgical specialist.

As its title implies, this book primarily is a series of color pictures with legends just sufficient to indicate the purpose of the illustrations.

As would be expected from the sophistication of the two authors, the examples are well chosen. The marvelous pictures showing the difference in shades of yellow and orange between the jaundice of mechanical bile duct obstruction, biliary cirrhosis, and cholestatic jaundice are suitable for a French Impressionist exhibit. So, too, are the illustrations of palmar erythema and of trivia such as

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