Diseases of the Liver and Biliary System
S Sherlock, J Dooley. London: Blackwell, 2002, £85.00, colour, pp 706. ISBN 0-6320-5582- 0
The book by Professor Dame Sheila Sherlock and James Dooley may be considered one of the great classics among texts dedicated to clinical training, and has undoubtedly had extraordinary success. Eleven editions have now been published in English, and it has been translated into many other tongues, including Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Italian. This book must surely be counted in any list of the most widely read medical books in the last 50 years.
With this new edition, hepatologists, gastroenterologists, and general physicians may again learn from Sheila. This edition was finished only a few days before her peaceful death. As in the previous edition, another well known hepatologist at the Royal Free, James Dooley, has collaborated on this book.
As always, this book is excellent and, as in the past, will aid in the formation of young hepatologists and gastroenterologists. The present edition is a faithful representation of Sheila’s personality. Her essence may be found on each page as may her capacity of synthesis and the clinical sense of our “master”. Through the pages of the book, the Sheila that we knew can clearly be seen and felt, particularly for Europeans. This book should be read not only by hepatologists and gastroenterologists of a certain age but also by the younger generations of physicians.
The personality of Sheila Sherlock cannot be repeated. She was tenacious, brilliant, intelligent, as well as incisive and, on occasions, tough on insincere and irresponsible non- scientific attitudes. We all remember her questions and comments during the European Association for the Study of the Liver meetings. I can assure you that this book is of great use for physicians in training and that it truly reflects Dame Sheila’s notable talent as a clinical teacher of hepatology. Therefore, if hepatologists and gastroenterologists wish to be up to date or learn modern clinical hepatology, they should read and study this book.