Case 1.—In April, 1895, a patient presented herself for treatment suffering from a well-developed Graves' disease. Exophthalmia was not marked, but the cardiac frequency and the thyroid enlargement was present. Tremor, loss of flesh and bowel symptoms made the case one of undoubted Graves' disease. She submitted to partial thyroidectomy under chloroform and made a nice recovery. Two years afterward I received word from her through a friend that she was well and strong, able to attend her duties and suffering none of the former symptoms.
Case 2.—In 1898 a patient was sent me who suffered from a similar condition. She was 52 years of age, very thin, having lost a great many pounds of flesh, suffered from recurring diarrhea and was very weak, practically bed ridden. The pulse rate was 140 to 160, the thyroid very large and vascular, exophthalmia not marked. The right lobe being the larger was
WITHERSPOON TC. REPORT ON OPERATIVE TREATMENT OF GRAVES' DISEASE.. JAMA. 1903;XLI(4):228-233. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.04480010014004