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Although the title of this book indicates a distinct orientation towards surgery, the first four of eight chapters are devoted to nonoperative considerations. The chapter on "Diagnosis of Biliary Tract Disease" is somewhat simplistic, discusses certain approaches to the differential diagnosis of jaundice that generally are infrequently utilized, and makes some statements that are open to question (percutaneous liver biopsy should be performed when there is no evidence of portal hypertension). However, the newer approaches (such as percutaneous cholangiography and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) to accurate diagnosis of extrahepatic biliary tract problems receive appropriate emphasis. The pathogenesis of gallstone formation and
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Surgery of the Biliary Tract.. Ann Intern Med. 1977;86:839–840. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-6-839_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(6):839-840.
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