This book is divided into the following five sections: (1) experimental research, (2) causal and epidemiologic studies, (3) pathogenetic aspects, (4) metabolic and clinical aspects, and (5) therapeutic aspects.
In addition, the introductory chapter, which stands alone, presents a "state-of-the-art" overview of cirrhosis of the liver, with current concepts about its pathogenesis and consequences. This chapter may be the book's best. The first section, on experimental research, consists of five chapters in which the authors present their own work and then discuss their work relative to the available literature on each topic. Several of these chapters are quite good.
The second section consists of three chapters that deal with viral hepatitis. The quality of the individual chapters in this section of the book is less than ideal.
The third section, which discusses pathogenetic aspects of chronic liver disease, consists of four chapters on the microscopic and immunopathologic features of cirrhosis