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HPB (Oxford). 2011 Jun;13(6):377-84. doi: 10.1111/j.1477-2574.2011.00305.x. Epub 2011 Mar 31.

History of pancreaticoduodenectomy: early misconceptions, initial milestones and the pioneers.

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Departments of Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198, USA.


Pancreaticoduodenectomy is one of the most challenging surgical procedures which requires the highest level of surgical expertise. This procedure has constantly evolved over the years through the meticulous efforts of a number of surgeons before reaching its current state. This review navigates through some of the early limitations and misconceptions and highlights the initial milestones which laid the foundation of this procedure. The current review also provides a few excerpts from the lives and illuminates on some of the seminal contributions of the three great surgeons: William Stewart Halsted, Walther Carl Eduard Kausch and Allen Oldfather Whipple. These surgeons pioneered the nascent stages of this procedure and paved the way for the modern day pancreaticoduodenectomy.

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