CECIL JAMES WATSON, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P.
The term "hepatic insufficiency" may be defined according to the usage of the individual observer of hepatic disease. There would probably be a uniform acceptance of the term for the comatose or disoriented patient with a severe hepatic disorder, such as diffuse necrosis or cirrhosis. This is the way in which the term is most often employed. Probably the majority of observers would agree, however, that it might also be used to apply to more serious clinical states associated with diffuse parenchymal hepatic disease, with jaundice and/or ascites, but without obvious mental depression or aberration. It is doubtful whether anyone
WATSON CJ. THE PROGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF HEPATIC INSUFFICIENCY1. Ann Intern Med. ;31:405–423. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-31-3-405
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1949;31(3):405-423.
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