ALTHOUGH a great amount of experimental work has been carried out in the past 70 years, considerable confusion exists in the study of fat absorption. The importance of bile and pancreatic juice in fat absorption has long been realized, yet their exact modes of action in this process are not fully understood.
Recently, Pessoa and associates,1 in an attempt to clear some of the existing confusion, showed that in the absence of bile or pancreatic juice, fair amounts of fat are still absorbed from the intestine, and suggested the existence of some kind of fat-absorption mechanisms independent of bile or pancreatic juice in the intestine. They have not, however, determined whether in the absence of one (bile or pancreatic juice) the other is solely responsible for the amount of fat absorbed or whether some other mechanism independent of both bile and pancreatic juice exists for the absorption of fat.
KIM KS, BOLLMAN JL. ABSORPTION OF FAT IN THE ABSENCE OF BOTH BILE AND PANCREATIC JUICE. AMA Arch Surg. 1954;69(2):247-254. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1954.01270020113013