History of the Pancreas: Mysteries of a Hidden Organ

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Springer US, Nov 30, 2002 - Medical - 729 pages
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Never before has such a history of the pancreas been presented. From antiquity until today, "rediscovery", translation and sequential presentation, in step with cultural changes in society, make this a unique contribution. Only from the perspective of the two octogenarian-authors could such a narrative have been produced. Discoveries resulting either from chance observation or careful scientific inquiry "come alive" as the authors present not only the people who made them but the setting in which they occurred.

Key Features:
*From the pre-Christian era of Asia Minor, to Greece, Rome, Europe and America, to the explosive progress in Japan, the dreams, near-misses and great discoveries have been traced to their sources.
*The great discoveries of the anatomists, WirsŁng, Santorini, Oddi, Vater and their colleagues have been recreated from their original reports.
*Physiology is traced through the discovery of the digestive enzymes; the islets, by the Berlin student for whom they were named; the hormones, beginning with the dramatic discoveries of insulin, gastrin and their fascinating tumors.
*Diseases of the pancreas, particularly pancreatitis and cancer, but also congenital anomalies and trauma, are described from the era preceding the microscope to the dawn of the 21st Century.
*The explosive developments of imaging, diagnosis and pancreatic transplantation are presented, leading to the development of the challenging field of Pancreatology - its science and clinical practice.
*Finally the authors, having spent many years distilling the contribution of the giants of the past and present, present a thought provoking Chapter entitled "Lessons from History and their Application to the Future".

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About the author (2002)

Dr. John M. Howard, an internationally honored student of pancreatic diseases and a pioneer pancreatic surgeon, is the author or co-author of over 400 scientific reports and 12 books, including the renowned "Surgical Diseases of the Pancreas", now in its third edition. He is Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, USA.

Dr. Walter Hess, a master surgeon with an internationally based clinical practice in Zurich, grew up in Switzerland. There he learned not only the ancient languages of Greek and Latin but the modern ones of English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Co-author of the magnificent 4 volume English-language series entitled Textbook of Bilio-Pancreatic Diseases and its editions in German, Italian and French, Dr. Hess has been honored as Visiting Professor and recipient of numerous awards throughout the world. He is Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

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