JOHN B. GROSS, M.D.
Since the second century of the Christian era, when the pancreas was apparently considered by Galen to be a mechanical cushion for the stomach,1 knowledge regarding the structure and functions of this organ in both health and disease has advanced considerably. This knowledge has been derived from experimental as well as clinical and pathologic observations, and, although significant gaps remain, it is encouraging that new developments continue.
It is intended to review here some of the recent developments pertaining to pancreatitis, first mentioning some observations regarding the natural history of the disease and then considering several interesting, if poorly understood,
GROSS JB. SOME RECENT DEVELOPMENTS PERTAINING TO PANCREATITIS1. Ann Intern Med. 1958;49:796–819. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-49-4-796
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;49(4):796-819.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Pancreatic Disease.
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