December 1983

Surgery of the Pancreas

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edited by John R. Brooks, 492 pp, with illus, $55, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1983.

Arch Surg. 1983;118(12):1450. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1983.01390120070022

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Nothing seems to help when trouble starts in the Middle East, Ireland, or in the pancreas. But progress, be it medical or political, comes from efforts in areas where we now fail. John Brooks has written and collected authoritative summaries concerning this anatomically remote, gloomy organ.

Starting with an informative six-page history, Brooks sets the delightfully wry editorial tone for the entire book. He quotes Chaucer and Ogden Nash. In addition to the usual pancreatic name dropping, he predicts that genetic engineering will bring back the pancreas to the dining-room table in place of the thymic imposter as sweetbreads.

The first part of this scholarly book is on the anatomy, embryology, and pathology of the pancreas. Then comes a big section (15% of the entire book) on how newer diagnostic techniques have totally altered the diagnosis of pancreatic disease. This includes sections on duodenal drainage, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, tumor markers,

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