The History of Pancreatic Surgery

  • Gian Massimo Gazzaniga
  • Stefano Cappato
Part of the Updates in Surgery book series (UPDATESSURG)


“We can measure the attainments of the past but we can never measure the inevitable advances of the future.” Thus Allen Whipple in his book The Evolution of Surgery in the United States. That the progress achieved to date is a quantifiable entity, whereas our future potential is simply unknowable, is all too true. Not only this, but it is quite curious to note that we surgeons — markedly more so than any other category of medical practitioner — have throughout history always labored under the impression of having attained all that is possible to attain, thereby ruling out prospects of future improvements.


Pancreatic Cancer Severe Acute Pancreatitis Obstructive Jaundice Pancreatic Resection Ampullary Cancer 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Suggested Reading

  1. Child CG III (1948) Radical one stage pancreatoduodenectomy. Surgery 23:492–500PubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Desjardins A (1907) Technique de la pancreatectomie. Rev Chir 35:945–973Google Scholar
  3. Gordon-Taylor G (1934) The radical surgery of cancer of the pancreas. Ann Surg 100:206–214CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Gudjonnson B, Livingstone E, Spiro H (1978) Cancer of the pancreas; diagnostic accuracy and survival statistics. Cancer 42:2494–2506CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Howard J (1997) Pancreatojejunostomy: leakage is a preventable complication of the Whipple resection. J Am Coll Surg 184:454–457PubMedGoogle Scholar
  6. Howard JM, Freiss R (2002) History of the pancreas. Mysteries of a hidden organ. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New YorkGoogle Scholar
  7. Kausch W (1912) Das carcinom der Papilla Vateri und seine radikale Entfernung. Beitr Klin Chir 78:439–450Google Scholar
  8. Trede M, Schwall G, Saeger HD (1990) Survival after duodenopancreatectomy: 118 consecutive resections without an operative mortality. Ann Surg 211:447–458CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  9. Whipple AO (1945) Pancreatoduodenectomy for islet cell carcinoma. Ann Surg 121:847–852CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  10. Whipple AO, Parsons WB, Mullins CR (1935) Treatment of carcinoma of the ampulla of Vater. Ann Surg 102:763–779CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Italia 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gian Massimo Gazzaniga
    • 1
  • Stefano Cappato
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic UnitGalliera HospitalGenuaItaly

Personalised recommendations