The second edition of this highly heralded book appears just six years after the first and is completely redone with at least 25 completely new chapters, more than 40 new authors, and dozens of new illustrations, indicating something of the changes in basic science, principally in the field of microstructure, membranes, and molecular biology. This book uniquely brings together all of the newest basic science research about the liver under single topics from the vantage point of just what information a clinical person will require to fully understand patients with liver problems.
The reader is assumed to be conversant with modern ultrastructural anatomy, genetics, immunology, physiology, and biochemistry and is not insulted by extensive repetitions of what is already known. However, introductory paragraphs, clear illustrations with detailed captions, and a progressive building of concepts from earlier to later chapters make ideas clear even to us older clinicians. This book is