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Ann Intern Med. 1928;2(3):294-296. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-2-3-294
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Because of certain anatomical and physiological similarities between the salivary glands and the pancreas, as well as the common involvement of both organs in certain affections, there has long existed a well-defined scientific curiosity as to the possibility of functional inter-relationship between them. As early as 1890 the Italian school based such a belief upon the work of De Renzi and Reale who had demonstrated experimentally the occurrence of glycosuria in dogs after the removal of the duodenum and the salivary glands, the pancreas being left in the body. These workers concluded that the salivary glands had a specific function


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