Up until the last decade portal cirrhosis of the liver was generally regarded as a hopeless disease which must sooner or later terminate fatally in spite of all therapeutic efforts. While granting that the etiology of the disorder was poorly understood, many were content, on the basis of purely circumstantial evidence, to point an incriminating finger at alcohol as the chief offender. Although there can be no question that alcoholism is the most common antecedent factor in victims of cirrhosis in this country, Patek1 found that in 30 per cent of cirrhotic patients seen at autopsy no history of alcoholism
ETIOLOGY AND TREATMENT OF CIRRHOSIS. Ann Intern Med. ;22:615–618. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-22-4-615
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1945;22(4):615-618.
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