Because hepatology is such a dynamic and exciting area of medicine, regular updates are mandatory in keeping a clinical textbook useful. We are delighted to present this Second Edition of Hepatology - A Clinical Textbook. The First Edition was a major success, with more than 80,000 downloads worldwide. In addition, a Romanian translation was carried out by Camelia Sultana and Simona Ruta shortly after the appearance of the frst edition. We invite qualifed people everywhere to do the same, into any appropriate language! This web-based free-of-charge concept made possible by unrestricted grants from Roche and Gilead has allowed the material to reach countries usually not easily covered by print media, a special quality of this project. We hope this Second Edition of Hepatology - A Clinical Textbook will continue to be a valuable source of information for our readers.