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The Pancreas.

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The Pancreas. Volumes 1 and 2. Edited by Beger HG, Warshaw AL, Buchler MW, Carr-Locke DL, Neoptolemos JP, Russell C, Sarr MG. (Pp 1509; illustrated; £295.00.) UK: Blackwell Science Ltd, 1998. ISBN 0 86542 420 9.

Imagine the task: seven editors coordinating manuscripts from 222 contributors, two thirds of whom are surgeons and most are professors. They have synthesised a landmark reference book of 1509 pages which seems destined to become the bible of the pancreas.

I chose a 12 hour return rail journey to attend the Pancreatic Society to review this monumental book. …

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