Ichiro Shimizu

Ichiro Shimizu, MD, PhD, AGAF, is the director at Showa Clinic in Yokohama, Japan, and a former associate professor of Tokushima University School of Medicine in Japan. Dr Shimizu has performed pioneering research on the favorable effects of estrogens on hepatic fibrogenesis and carciogenesis that are connected with the sex-associated differences of chronic liver disease. In addition, Dr Shimizu has also identified preventive and therapeutic mechanisms for hepatic fibrosis in the Chinese herbal medicine Xiao-Chaihu-Tang (Sho-Saiko-To). Dr Shimizu published in excess of 10 books relating to hepatic fibrosis, also called 'female hepatology”, and Sho-Saiko-To, and was additionally awarded the Japan Society of Gastroenterology Encouragement Prize in 1998 and the Liver Forum in Kyoto Encouragement Prize in 1999.

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Alcoholic liver disease occurs after prolonged heavy drinking. Not everyone who drinks alcohol in excess develops serious forms of alcoholic liver disease. It is likely that genetic factors determine this individual susceptibility, and a family history of chronic liver disease may indicate a higher risk. Other factors include being overweight and iron overload. This book presents state-of-the-art information summarizing the current understanding of a range of alcoholic liver diseases. It is hoped that the target readers - hepatologists, clinicians, researchers and academicians - will be afforded new ideas and exposed to subjects well beyond their own scientific disciplines. Additionally, students and those who wish to increase their knowledge will find this book a valuable source of information.

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