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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kevin M Korenblat, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: The 90 clinical vignettes in this book illustrate both common and uncommon clinical situations encountered in the care of patients with liver disease and liver transplantation. The cases end with a question or series of questions followed by answers meant to foster further discussion of the case and references.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide students and trainees with a clinically relevant approach to understanding the clinical manifestations and treatment of a variety of liver and liver transplant-related disease. These case-based books are common in many fields and serve as a useful supplement to, but not a substitute for, textbook-based learning. The book only partially meets its objectives.
Audience: The book is suitable for medical students and trainees in gastroenterology and hepatology, and more advanced physicians will find the clinical cases and pictures helpful as teaching material. However, experienced clinicians well know that patient histories are rarely as certain and clear-cut as these vignettes. The author and contributors are well trained in the field.
Features: This is good as a review for trainees and a useful supplement for preparing for the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) transplant hepatology boards. The pictures are clear and illustrative. Of necessity, the book appeals to a narrow audience and cannot substitute for more conventional textbooks. Experienced clinicians may find some of the answers debatable.
Assessment: This is a useful addition to other books aimed at trainees in the area of gastroenterology, hepatology, and liver transplantation. It will be most helpful to trainees who wish to become ABIM certified in transplant hepatology, but at a list price of $139, it may not be worth the additional cost.