There has long been a definite need for a treatise on liver disease written for the practitioner. The current books available dealing with this subject are either monograms on a particular phase of liver disease or "encyclopedias" consisting primarily of surveys of the old and recent literature. This latter type of book, while of inestimable value to the hepatologist, is of little use to the busy practitioner or the medical student who has neither the time nor the necessary background to evaluate or ferret out the pertinent data for his purpose. Dr. Spellberg has atempted to write a book from the "viewpoint of a clinician for clinicians" and has succeeded admirably in his goal.
The major emphasis throughout the book is on diagnosis and treatment. The author points out that the clinician has three approaches to study liver disease, all of which must be utilized and correctly interpreted in the