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January 28, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(4):294-295. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690310046017

In the transport of bile from the liver, where it is produced, along the biliary passages and its ultimate discharge into the small intestine, several factors are important. Failure or even temporary interruption of function of the normal activities at any point along the route is likely to lead to untoward consequences. Furthermore, the biliary paths are often the seat of surgical intervention for one reason or another, so that an adequate understanding of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the biliary tracts is almost indispensable for the prevention of unsatisfactory postoperative results. For this reason the current knowledge regarding the functions of the biliary tract has been reviewed in The Journal from time to time. A reader may find the successive versions both confusing and contradictory. This is not merely the outcome of editorial perversity or ignorance but an evidence of the difficulty encountered in attempting to separate fact

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