MARTIN M. NOTHMAN, M.D.
Since Whipple51 and Brunschwig8a have shown that carcinoma of the ampulla of Vater and carcinoma of the head of the pancreas can be extirpated with prolongation of life, resulting pancreatoduodenectomy has become a recognized procedure for the removal of these tumors. The ultimate surgical results will be influenced by awareness of these lesions on the part of the physician.
Furthermore, it has become increasingly evident that mild cases of acute pancreatitis are of common occurrence. Since Comfort13 in 1946 reported from the Mayo Clinic 89 cases of recurrent acute pancreatitis and described how the disease could be recognized, a surprisingly
NOTHMAN MM. THE VALUE OF FUNCTIONAL TESTS FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OF DISEASES OF THE PANCREAS1. Ann Intern Med. ;34:1358–1371. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-34-6-1358
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;34(6):1358-1371.
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