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October 3, 1908

THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR KNOWLEDGE OF EXOPHTHALMIC GOITER.

Author Affiliations

Professor of Medicine in Tulane University of Louisiana. NEW ORLEANS.

JAMA. 1908;LI(14):1119-1125. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410140001001
Abstract

There are few diseases in regard to which so many errors and misconceptions regarding early history and nomenclature prevail in text-books and journal articles as in regard to exophthalmic goiter. For example, in a most scholarly journal, a prominent writer says that Basedow "was a physician of Magdeburg"; that Morgagni "recognized the disease called after the former, in 1761"; that Parry "published observations on it in 1786"; that Flajani "also published some."

This provokes the question why editors do not prevent the printing of such material? It is generally admitted that in practical articles historical details are not desirable, but if it is thought proper to admit them into periodical literature, at least the misstatement of obvious and well-known facts should be avoided. To one who is merely reporting a series of cases it is immaterial whether any of the statements quoted above are true or not, but if the

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