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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel R. Ganger, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This third edition of an encyclopedic textbook of liver diseases appears six years after the last edition, with multiple authors under the guidance of the same editors.
Purpose: The purpose is to present thorough and balanced reviews of the pathophysiology of liver diseases. The book meets these worthy objectives, and this new edition was due.
Audience: It is intended for students of liver diseases: hepatologists, gastroenterologists, surgeons, and internists. The authors and editors are respected teachers, investigators, and clinicians in the specialty.
Features: This two-volume book is divided into 68 chapters in a reasonable format that allows the reader to rapidly find the issue of interest. The illustrations are of excellent quality and very pertinent. The references are current to 1995.
Assessment: This is now the most important textbook of hepatology. It reflects the major advances of the specialty and is an obligatory reference for all students of liver diseases. This third edition was badly needed. With its revised chapters, it is a significant contribution that maintains the excellent quality of previous editions.