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Few medical writers can, most cannot, reduce an overwhelming mass of factual information, much controversial, to a concise, brief, encompassing series of statements; Peter Banks can and does. Howard Spiro can be considered to be lucky or to have shown unusual perspicacity or both in selecting this obviously superior clinician to lead off the Topics series.
In a little less than seven pages, Dr Banks has said everything any clinician would want to know (and was afraid to ask) concerning the anatomy (developmental, gross, and microscopic), the physiology, and the biochemistry of the abdominal salivary gland. His precise brevity makes this reviewer green with envy.
Any clinician who at sometime or other expects to encounter a patient with pancreatitis (and who doesn't) must be intimately acquainted with all the possible causes of the disease; he will know them well if he only masters the 26 pages in which the author
HAYES MA. Pancreatitis. Arch Surg. 1980;115(1):114–115. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380010092028
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