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Liver Disease in Primary Care Medicine

Phillip M. Berman, MD
JAMA. 1980;244(22):2565. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310220063041.
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Liver Disease in Primary Care Medicine is a concise, readable monograph for the primary care physician, written by a clinical hepatologist. It is intended, according to the author, to aid the clinician in attaining "a broad fund of knowledge of the subspecialities of medicine."

The book concerns the hepatic manifestations and complications of a broad spectrum of both common and esoteric medical disorders. With its unique organization, approximately one fourth of the volume is devoted to primary liver disease and the evaluation of liver function. The remainder is divided into chapters on the different organ systems and diseases that may have hepatic involvement as a major or minor component. Interesting chapters are provided on postoperative hepatic dysfunction and the liver in infectious disease, metabolic disease, and pregnancy.

The author is occasionally opinionated, which enables him to cover a lot of material in a small number of pages. Lacking footnotes, the


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