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March 16, 1984

Surgery of the Pancreas

Author Affiliations

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

JAMA. 1984;251(11):1483-1484. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340350071040

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This is a comprehensive textbook devoted to the multiple problems of one organ, the pancreas. It is edited and predominantly written by one surgeon, John R. Brooks, MD, an experienced gastrointestinal surgeon who has been interested in pancreatic disease for many years, with contributions by 26 colleagues who have written additional chapters.

The book is well written and should appeal to all general surgeons in practice who deal with pancreatic diseases. It will additionally serve as an excellent reference text for surgical residents in training, gastroenterologists, internists, and medical students. The book is logically constructed with an excellent historical section tracing studies on and knowledge of the pancreas, from its earliest known mention in 300 BC up to the 1980s. The anatomy, embryology, biochemistry, physiology, and pathology of the pancreas are all well covered in clear chapters. Radiographic and other diagnostic studies are well presented with excellent angiograms, computed tomographic