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This monograph gives the results of an investigation of 114 cases of hyperthyroidism in patients under 25 with reference to the height and growth in the length of the body. The author finds that there is an evident association of the disease with increased height, and he concludes that hyperthyroidism favors a rapid increase in the length of the body, and, considering the fact that lack of thyroid secretion, as in cases of myxedema, is accompanied by deficient growth in length, he concludes that it is one of the functions of the thyroid to control the growth of the skeleton. He calls attention also to the relation between a blond complexion and increased height on the one hand and hyperthyroidism on the other. He also brings evidence to show that infections, by action on the thyroid gland, may favor the growth in height. The volume constitutes a valuable contribution to
Ueber DEN Einfluss der basedow'schen KRANKHEIT und verwandter Zustande auf das Langenwachstum nebst einigen Gesetzen der Ossifikation.. JAMA. 1910;LIV(14):1164. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550400050029