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June 1925

DISEASES OF THE PANCREAS: A PATHOLOGIC STUDY, WITH REPORT OF CASES

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MINNEAPOLIS

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1925;35(6):807-817. doi:10.1001/archinte.1925.00120120138012
Abstract

Few diseases associated with definite organic changes present so many pitfalls in diagnosis as certain lesions involving the pancreas, which are either left undiagnosed or are diagnosed incorrectly. These are diseases associated with the function of the external secretion of the gland. There is as much confusion today on the pathology and symptomatology of these diseases as there was twenty years ago.1 Disorders of the internal secretion which result in diabetes through involvement of the islands of Langerhans are more readily diagnosed.

Several reasons may explain the difficulties encountered in diagnosis: the location of the organ in the center of the body, which makes it inaccessible to palpation and surgery, and also inaccessible to securing the secretion through which to study the function of the organ; its structure and location, which make it inaccessible to the roentgen ray, and the fact that it is not often studied at necropsy, probably

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