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September 11, 1937

Contributions to the Microscopic Anatomy of the Pancreas

JAMA. 1937;109(11):901. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780370067042

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Dr. Morrison has rendered a great service to all interested in the history of medicine, and particularly to those who are concerned with instruction in the history of diabetes mellitus, by reprinting the German original of "Contributions to the Microscopic Anatomy of the Pancreas," by Paul Langerhans, and adding an excellent English translation of the article. In the well written and interesting introductory essay, a short account of the personal and scientific history of the German investigator is given. Langerhans, it is pointed out, was the son of a physician and began his important researches while still a student. Indeed, it was this fact which focused the author's attention on Langerhans. It is not appreciated by many students of the history of diabetes that Langerhans, in a rather short research career, was able to make several other significant contributions in addition to the discovery of the cells that were named

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