This short book is aimed at clinicians and concisely presents about all of the information that there is on pancreatitis. It is logically divided into four sections. In the first 35 pages, pancreatic secretion and its regulation, its physiology and its biochemistry are reviewed. The next 40 pages are devoted to the etiology and pathogenesis of acute pancreatic inflammation. The third section of 65 pages is on diagnosis, and the final 20 pages are devoted to treatment.
Each section is a happy choice between an exhaustive review of the literature and authorative pronouncement of what is true. The authors, through their extensive experience in this field, have been able to present all that is of importance and to give judgement as to what is more important.
In all sections the significant theories are presented. After each theory the strongest features supporting, and those refuting, the theory are presented. The reader