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January 8, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(2):41-43. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391270013004

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The most important surgical paper of last year, in this country at least, was read by Dr. Nicholas Senn, of Milwaukee, before the American Surgical Association at its last annual meeting, and has now been issued as a reprint from the Transactions of the Association. Those who are familiar with former papers of Dr. Senn, with the records of his careful experiments, and with his lucid style, need not be told more as to the importance of the paper. But whether our readers be or be not familiar with his writings, they will at once recognize that a carefully written paper of 129 octavo pages on the surgery of the pancreas must contain much valuable material, and positive additions to our knowledge of this very obscure subject. The surgery of the pancreas has no history except as to the treatment of a few cases of cysts of the gland, but

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