The current surgical treatment of hyperthyroidism is attended by a high percentage of beneficial results and entails only a relatively short period of invalidism. This state of affairs, gratifying though it is, has left little or no opportunity for attempts at medical treatment in severe cases of the disease. A patient who absolutely refused to submit to surgical operation offered us such an opportunity. The results of medical treatment in her case were strikingly successful and warrant further trial of the form of therapy which we employed.
Bed rest and high caloric diets are useful adjuvants in the treatment of hyperthyroidism but are in themselves of very limited effect in severe cases. It is generally agreed that the use of iodine in severe hyperthyroidism is effective as a temporary, palliative measure but should be restricted to the preparation of the patient for surgical intervention. Our patient did not receive any
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