The Endocrine Pancreas, Past and Present

  • Rachmiel Levine
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 124)


Our certain knowledge of the relationship between pancreatic function and diabetes mellitus is roughly 100 years old. However, informed speculation of a possible role played by this gland recurred in the literature periodically from 1787 onward. The story is a fascinating one, full of advances and retreats, faultless logic and foolish errors, but above all serendipity, which finally led to the proven relationship established by Minkowski and Von Mering in 1889.


Beta Cell Pancreatic Polypeptide Pancreatic Function Pancreatic Lesion Endocrine Pancreas 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachmiel Levine
    • 1
  1. 1.City of Hope National Medical CenterDuarteUSA

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