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From The CriticsReviewer: Paul Angulo, Professor of Medicine(University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This needed update represents a compilation of the medical knowledge in hepatology gathered over the last decade. The book was first published in 1955, and the previous edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to update topics in hepatology that have been covered in prior editions and add new chapters on topics that have not appeared in prior editions.
Audience: This well-written, relatively concise, and current book will find a home on the shelves of many hepatologists. However, because it is so readable, it also should be useful for students, experts, and those in between.
Features: The book essentially covers most areas in hepatology, moving from anatomy and function of the liver to diseases that affect the liver directly and to liver involvement in systemic disorders. The editors have assembled a group of authors who honor Professor Dame Sheila Sherlock's commitment to hepatology. Most chapters cover a topic in detail, but a shortcoming of the book is the rather brief coverage of some topics, such as liver disease in pregnancy. The radiology images, color figures, and tables greatly enhance the readability of the book.
Assessment: This is a concise, updated, and well-written book that justifies replacing the previous edition. It is definitively useful and exhibits the same high quality of other currently available books in hepatology. I know I will consult my copy on a frequent basis — an unusual event in this era of online material.