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July 6, 1970

The Biliary Tract

Author Affiliations

Baylor University Medical Center Dallas

JAMA. 1970;213(1):133. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170270073036

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In his preface the author describes this work as representing a study of the surgical anatomy of the pancreatobiliary system in 100 autopsy specimens and a study of 2,285 consecutive operations on the biliary tract, together with a thorough review of the literature. The book is divided into 14 chapters, beginning with history, embryology, anatomy, physiology, and proceeding through various clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic aspects of biliary-tract disease. There is a comprehensive bibliography at the end of each chapter. The last two chapters, "Complications of Biliary Tract Surgery" and "Importance of Coexistent Factors in Biliary Tract Surgery," are to a large extent a repetition of articles previously published by the author on these subjects.

The section on anatomy is especially detailed and contains 36 pages. In contrast, only eight pages are devoted to periampullary carcinoma and only 29 pages to the entire field of surgery of the biliary tract. A