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August 2, 1965

Surgery of the Biliary Passages and the Pancreas

JAMA. 1965;193(5):406. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090050082044

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This book, presented here in English translation, is an outstanding contribution to the field of biliary-pancreatic surgery. Based on the author's personal experience with 1,654 operative cases, the text and illustrations are, in thoroughness and clarity of detail, a constant reminder of their Teuton background; and the translation by German-born and trained Heinrich Lamm, for the past 30 years a practicing surgeon in Texas, is so beautifully done that the reader remains wholly unaware that the book is in fact a translation.

Dr. Hess is convinced that diseases of the biliary passages and of the pancreas cannot be considered or investigated independently of each other. In methodical fashion he reviews the anatomy with special attention to surgical anatomy, physiology, pathology, and clinical features of disease of the dual systems in turn. In particular, the author is impressed with the diagnostic value of intraoperative x-ray and emphasizes the added information gained

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