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By Dworken Harvey J.. . 660 pages. Butterworths; , Boston and London: , 1982.. $39.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(4):637. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-97-4-637_5
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Dworken has provided a complete, up-to-date, and compact textbook of gastrointestinal and liver diseases. Although considerably smaller than the popular Sleisenger-Fordtran or Spiro texts, the information on common diseases such as viral hepatitis B and the uncommon diseases such as alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency, is remarkably detailed. Basic physiologic and physicochemical concepts of esophageal function and bile salt metabolism are presented clearly in sufficient depth. Most of the references are to publications less than 5 years old. Illustrations have been chosen with care and supplement the text. Although the tissue photomicrographs are reproduced in black and white, this does not substantially


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