ALAN DAVIS, M.D.
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To the editor: The editorial note by Drs. H. D. Janowitz and Michael Bayer (Ann Intern Med 74:444-445, 1971) on alcohol and pancreatitis rightly stressed that although many etiological factors are well recognized, little is known about the pathogenesis of pancreatitis. They reason that it is likely that alcohol has a direct effect on the pancreas, and, indeed, this has been shown in the rat by two groups of workers (1, 2). It therefore is not surprising that in an isolated and somewhat unphysiological preparation alcohol has been shown to inhibit pancreatic secretion to some extent.
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DAVIS A. Alcohol and Pancreatitis. Ann Intern Med. ;75:320. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-2-320_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(2):320.
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