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September 30, 1950

The Diagnosis of Pancreatic Disease

JAMA. 1950;144(5):436. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920050076048

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This monograph is essentially a review of the experience of Dr. Bauman with the use of the pancreatic function test utilizing acetyl-beta-methylcholine chloride (mecholyl® chloride) as a secretory stimulant with subsequent study of duodenal contents for volume, pH and ferment activity. Dr. Bauman has carefully tabulated the results of his studies in normal persons as well as in patients with various forms of pancreatitis, carcinoma of the pancreas and nonpancreatic diseases. He describes in detail the technic used in the tests.

The monograph is concluded with a discussion of the significance of fat absorption studies and serum amylase activity with procedures described for making both fecal fat and serum amylase determinations. This book will serve as a laboratory manual and ready reference source to those concerned with the problem of evaluating pancreatic disease at the functional level.

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