We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......


J. Edward Berk, M.D.
JAMA. 1953;152(1):1-5. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690010007001.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


Although dissenting opinions continue to be expressed,1 the prevailing attitude today in the management of acute pancreatitis is one of conservatism.2 This paper is concerned with a basically conservative approach to the treatment of this disease, and it is intended to outline the principles underlying such an approach and to describe some of the means of attaining the objectives of the treatment. Except for suggestive differences in clinical severity and degree of chemical alterations, precise distinction between acute edematous or interstitial pancreatitis and acute hemorrhagic necrosis of the pancreas is impossible. The eventual progress of the disease cannot be accurately foretold when the patient is first seen. Hence, during the early phase of an acute attack, the seemingly mild case and the obviously severe one are treated as basically alike in this plan of management. Moreover, the basic treatment applied in cases of primary acute pancreatitis does not


Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview




Also Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
Please click the checkbox indicating that you have read the full article in order to submit your answers.
Your answers have been saved for later.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

0 Citations

Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.