Now that kidney, heart, and liver transplantations are routine, an increasing number of those seeking the transplantation frontier are turning to the pancreas. There is ample reason to do so since diabetes affects millions of persons and its secondary manifestations of kidney disease, retinopathy, and infection create a significant public health problem as summarized in the opening chapter of this book.
In 1980 at a meeting in Lyon, France, the international players in pancreatic transplantation started a Pancreas Transplant Registry that subsequently located in Minneapolis, Minn. This set the stage for excellent communication between the far-flung pancreas transplant teams, which, under the editorial guidance of Dubernard (Lyon) and Sutherland (Minneapolis), produced this book summarizing the current state of the art. There are 31 major contributors from 14 countries. It is of passing note that the three busiest centers in the United States are in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa—as though the