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July 22, 1950

Chemical Developments in Thyroidology

JAMA. 1950;143(12):1124. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910470084030

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Abstract

This monograph is one of a series of small fabrikoid bound pamphlets which are presumably written as reviews of various phases of medicine. The functions of the thyroid are discussed under the following headings: (1) synthesis of thyroxin, (2) blocking of thyroid activity, (3) circulating iodine, thyroxin and iodinated protein, and (4) radioiodine. The author is an authority in this field of research and frequently refers to his own publications. The illustrations consist mainly of formulas and graphs. A single plate of radioautographs is given by way of histologic illustration, whereas the histologic changes produced by hormones and chemical blocking agents are not illustrated. The author in his introduction states, "None of these trends [of research] is as yet completed and it may be some time before the whole story can be written of each." This apodictive philosophy is reiterated throughout the text, whereas in reality only the biochemical and

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