Dr. White has written an interesting monograph on pancreatitis (acute and chronic). Particularly interesting are the author's comments on the epidemiology and classification of pancreatitis and his knowledge of the continental literature. This is reinforced by his personal experience as a Guggenheim fellow in Lyon, France, with Professor Pierre Mallet-Guy, whose many writings on pancreatitis are not as familiar to American physicians as probably they should be. The author reviews the experimental aspects of pancreatitis and points out, in refreshing prose that reflux of bile as a cause of human pancreatitis "recedes into the nebula of mythical nonsense." It is also cited that many experimental techniques used in the laboratory to produce pancreatitis may be useful for studying the effects of drugs, but in reality they have no bearing on the etiology of human pancreatitis.
In discussing the laboratory diagnosis of pancreatitis many tests and methods of testing are presented,