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This book is a very readable and totally delightful account of one of the most interesting and exciting surgical stories of the 20th century. The account is brought to life by the man who initially stimulated interest in the association between pancreatic tumors and peptic ulceration. Derived from an address as a William Beaumont lecturer, the book is divided into three sections. Section 1 details the unraveling of the mysteries associated with pancreatic ulcerogenic islet cell tumors. The story starts well before Zollinger and Ellison's presentation to the American Surgical Association in 1955, and the details are all very objectively documented. Adding to the interest of the story are photographs of many of the people (Jenkins, Poth, Osborne, Gregory, Tracy, McGuigan) who contributed to the understanding of these gastrin-producing tumors. In addition, the section deals with clinical presentation, diagnosis, preoperative management, surgical treatment, prognosis, and pathology.
Section 2 documents the
CAMERON JL. The Influence of Pancreatic Tumors on the Stomach. Arch Surg. 1974;109(6):845-846. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360060111038