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August 1963

The Exocrine Pancreas: Normal and Abnormal Functions.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(2):291-292. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860020189031

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This physically attractive, well-printed, and well-edited book, of a size that fits on any conventional shelf, contains the proceedings of a Ciba Foundation Symposium held on May 30 and June 1, 1961. Contributors to this symposium constitute the peerage of the realm of pancreatic exocrine function; and two thirds of the book, which is devoted to excellent summaries of their work, traces the course of various pancreatic secretory moieties from their ultrastructural inception to their elaboration into the duodenum.

Symposia are usually not the occasion for presenting completely new material. Active workers in the field of pancreatic exocrine function would consequently purchase this book only if they wanted a useful collection of material that, for the most part, has been published previously. On the other hand, the stimulating discussions that follow each presentation are not to be found elsewhere, particularly when a Sjöstrand or a Palade somewhat tartly implies that

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