• William P. LongmireJr.
  • Ronald K. Tompkins
Part of the Comprehensive Manuals of Surgical Specialties book series (CMSS)


The center of metabolic activity in the body is the liver. It functions in complex and incompletely understood ways to synthesize, modify, store, catabolize, and excrete most of the endogenous and exogenous substances upon which life depends. Since the days of the Babylonians, the liver has deserved its depiction as “the seat of the soul.”


Bile Acid Enterohepatic Circulation Unconjugated Bilirubin Bile Formation Ethynyl Estradiol 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • William P. LongmireJr.
    • 1
  • Ronald K. Tompkins
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUCLA School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.UCLA School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

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