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January 22, 1898

THE SURGERY OF THE THYROID FROM A NEUROLOGIC STANDPOINT.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(4):222-223. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440560050005

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Abstract

In a suggestively written paper in the January number of the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Dr. J. J. Putnam uses the following words: " We are rather in the habit of assuming that the removal of large portions of the thyroid does no harm, provided it does not cause myxedema. But the probability is that we shall learn to recognize affections which lie between myxedema and health, as well as peculiarities of development and disorders of nutrition for which the thyroid is more or less responsible."... That this is a statement of fact will hardly be disputed by any neurologist, but that it expresses a truth that has as yet been insufficiently impressed on the profession generally is another fact the importance of which is not likely to be over-estimated. It is only within a comparatively brief period that we have learned that the thyroid had any definite function

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