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May 16, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(20):980-981. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430720032007

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An important paper was recently read before the Berlin Medical Society by Dr. Stabel on the above treatment in eighty-three cases. As reported in the Medical Press and Circular the writer stated that these cases were treated partly by fresh glands and partly by tablets from the Dresden Hofapotheke. Of the cases treated by the fresh glands, only twentyfive were brought forward, as only those cases that remained four weeks under treatment were made use of in the paper. For determining the size of goitre a measurement was made at the level of the vertebra prominens. The dangerous symptoms attributable to thyroid feeding were due to decomposition of the gland. Although the glands were employed fresh, in the warm weather changes set in very rapidly, and sometimes gastric disturbances were produced; these symptoms did not come on when a better means of preservation was adopted. Baumann had succeeded in isolating

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