ALTHOUGH the pancreas has been subjected to surgical procedures for a long period, not much had been accomplished until the advent of sulfonamide and antibiotic therapy in the past decade. Since this safety factor has been introduced, it has been possible to consider further pancreatic conditions requiring surgical operations and to evaluate the effectiveness of the operative therapy as such.
Surgery of the pancreas is unique in one respect. The conditions are not common enough for any one surgeon to have accumulated great experience in their treatment.
Progress has been made by patching together facts and results from many places, as in all other phases of medicine, but advances are slower because even the largest clinics have not been able to accumulate data in sufficient quantity to outline policy. Also, the operative attack on pancreatic conditions is attended with more danger in the form of morbidity and mortality than most
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