At the meeting of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Society on Dec. 7, 1914, Dr. W. S. Halsted1 discussed the effect of Roentgen-ray treatment of the thymus gland in Graves' disease. This work was undertaken at Dr. Halsted's suggestion and the object of this paper is to report the method of roentgenization employed in treating these patients, together with a brief review of the results obtained.
Within recent years, the various organs of internal secretion have been subjected to roentgenization in the treatment of this disease. Attention has been called by Stoerk2 and Sinozersky3 to a new field of usefulness for the Roentgen ray, namely, the Roentgen treatment of the thymus gland in hyperthyroidism or Graves' disease.
Sielmann,4 in treating goiter patients by systematic Roentgen exposures applied to the thyroid, arrives at the conclusion that the ovaries, pituitary and other glands of internal secretion cooperate in
WATERS CA. ROENTGENIZATION OF THE THYMUS GLAND IN GRAVES' DISEASE. JAMA. 1915;LXIV(17):1392-1394. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570430024009