This contribution to the field of peritoneoscopy presents the author's extensive personal experience with this valuable diagnostic procedure. There is a 128-page text followed by an atlas devoted to roentgenograms after pneumoperitoneum, and 63 case presentations with illustrative color drawings, endophotographs, and photomicrographs. In the text section, detailed discussions of the technique and clinical applications of peritoneoscopy are accentuated by sketches of instruments and procedures, and varying methods are compared and evaluated. The interested clinician will appreciate the extensive list of indications, contraindications, and complications, as well as the emphasis on differential diagnostic aspects of postprocedural pain. Gross morphologic changes of diseased intra-abdominal organs are correlated with etiology, pathophysiology and histology. Particular attention is directed to the effect of infections, nutritional deficiencies, and biliary tract diseases on liver function, and there are candid discussions of the normal and abnormal portal circulation, retrograde cholecystography, and splenoportography.
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