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A special interest in pancreatitis at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis dates from 1934, when Dr. Somogyi developed a practical method for the determination of diastase in the blood. The subsequent 25 years of research form the background for the present volume by Dr. Blumental and Dr. Probstein. The subject is approached primarily from the standpoint of the pathologist, but the surprisingly high incidence of 44 cases per 1,000 autopsies suggests that pancreatitis has received insufficient attention in the past and that there is a real place for a book of this type. Comparatively few of these cases were judged to be clinically significant, but the occurrence of pancreatitis in association with nutritional, metabolic, endocrine, vascular, and other systemic diseases is of considerable interest to clinicians. A large portion of the book consists of a critical review of more than one thousand of the more significant contributions to the
Thornton GHM. Pancreatitis — A Clinical Pathological Correlation.. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(4):661–662. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270160159025