This relatively small, 138-page book is an excellent resource and practical guide for pathologists and others concerned with the microscopic interpretation of liver biopsies. The text is concise and lucid, and the profuse illustrations are of superior quality.
The author lists his objectives in writing the book. He wants to provide a practical aid in liver biopsy diagnosis, to emphasize the range of appearances of the liver in different diseases, to underline the special problems presented by examining a minute and unrepresentative part of a large organ. All of these objectives are achieved. He makes no attempt to cover the whole field of liver pathology.
Particularly appealing is the stress the author lays on clinical correlation with microscopic changes, and on the realistic limitations of liver biopsy as well as the place of liver biopsy among other tests of hepatic dysfunction.
The book deals primarily with stained paraffin sections, although