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October 30, 1897

THE PHYSIOLOGY AND THERAPEUTICS OF THE THYROID GLAND AND ITS CONGENERS.

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO, Ill. (Awarded the L. C. P. Freer medal, Rush Medical College, 1897.) From the chemic and pathologic laboratories of Rush Medical College.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(18):897-904. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440440023001g
Abstract

The use of the thyroid gland as a remedial agent, while one of the latest advances in therapeutics, is at the same time one of the most striking examples of the success of rational and experimental methods in therapeutics that can be cited. Its general use began but six years ago, yet within that time it has made its way to the highest rank assigned to therapeutic materials—the specific drugs. That the thyroid extract is as surely a specific in its own field as are quinin, iron and the iodids in theirs, can not be doubted when we consider the manner in which the cretin, after receiving a few tablets, shakes off its lethargy of mind and loses its repulsiveness of figure to become an actually different being; or the way the characteristic symptoms of myxedema vanish under this form of treatment

In the ascendancy of the thyroid extract to

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