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July 12, 1924

Goitre. A contribution to the Study of the Pathology and Treatment of the Diseases of the Thyroid Gland.

JAMA. 1924;83(2):143. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660020065044

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This presents the most important and latest views of the anatomy, physiology, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the thyroid gland. It is a masterly translation of a similar work, recently published in French, by de Quervain, who succeeded to Kocher's chair of clinical surgery at the University of Berne. As would be expected, operative treatment is discussed at length and the excellent illustrations show the technic step by step. Hyperthyroidism and exophthalmic goiter, according to the author, constitute only 4 or 5 per cent. of the goiters found in the native Swiss population, and it is no doubt due to this fact that only twenty pages are devoted to the treatment of these types. Most of the surgery of exophthalmic goiter has been done in America, and it is disappointing not to find references to the really important contributions of American surgeons, the papers mentioned in the bibliography being

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