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August 1978

Surgery of the Pancreas

Arch Surg. 1978;113(8):1018. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370200112031

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This handsome volume successfully combines the features of both a text and surgical atlas. The personal approach of the staff of the Cleveland Clinic to pancreatic problems is clearly presented. Each section is beautifully illustrated with clear roentgenograms and superb drawings of surgical techniques and concluded with up-to-date references.

The introductory chapter on anatomy and surgical approaches to the pancreas is followed by an excellent discussion of conventional diagnostic roentgenographic procedures. The discussion and illustrations of pseudocyst and hereditary pancreatitis are particularly lucid. There follows a chapter on endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, and the authors are to be complimented for their recognition that a normal duct system may occur with chronic pancreatitis.

Computerized tomography, angiography, and ultrasound as they apply to pancreatic pathology are well reviewed and illustrated with an eye to their advantages and limitations. No mention is made of isotopic pancreatic scanning.

The surgical section of the volume is

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