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August 7, 1937

The Thyroid and Its Diseases

JAMA. 1937;109(6):456-457. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780320058027

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Although the preface to this monograph states that it is in no sense an encyclopedic treatise on the subject and represents only the personal experiences of a considerable group of workers in a single thyroid clinic (that of the Massachusetts General Hospital), this book cannot be said to lack in completeness. The motive behind the work of the clinic has always been twofold: to care for the patient in the best possible way and to learn from him something new about his disease. These purposes, of course, coincide perfectly with the highest type of medical practice and clinical research. The initial fundamental discussion of the thyroid and its diseases takes up about one fourth of the book. The gross and microscopic anatomy of the gland, the chemical nature and actions of the hormone so far as known, the relation of the thyroid itself to other endocrine glands and the pathology

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