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September 1975

The Pancreas,

Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(9):1275. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330090147033

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With present expanding knowledge of the pancreas, compression of all information into one concise volume is a difficult task. This attempt actually comes off rather well, despite the overlap inevitable in a multiauthored publication. Most of the essayists are surgeons, and the majority of the material is slanted to this viewpoint. However, a fair balance of gastroenterologists and internists is maintained. Basic features of the normal pancreas are well covered, including ultrastructure. Diagnosis of pancreatic disease is exhaustively and somewhat repetitively explored, although exponents of endoscopic retrograde pancreatography may be upset at the small mention of their additions in this field. Most of the pancreatograms shown are operative, and one illustration of a peroral pancreatogram (Fig 5 to 16) is referred to in the text under operative pancreatography (p 107). The use of radioimmunoassay of hormones associated with the pancreas is well and lucidly evaluated. Inflammatory diseases are handled with

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