Clinical Review

What's in a Gnome?

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 20 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1668
  1. Peter J Scheuer, professor emeritusa
  1. a Department of Histopathology, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG

The Gnomes were conceived in Gothenburg in 1967 at the second meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) because of a need to regularise the then confused nomenclature of chronic hepatitis. A small group of interested hepatologists met and, after animated discussion, agreed to circulate slides of relevant liver biopsy specimens and to reconvene the following year.

The second meeting in Zürich led to the publication of the classification of …

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