October 1973


Author Affiliations

San Francisco


By Joel I. Hamburger, MD, FACP. Price, $9.50. Pp 198. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, IL 62703, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(4):626. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650100134035

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This book consists of five chapters dealing with the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of hyperthyroidism; two chapters are devoted to complications of the disease. In an easy-to-understand way, the author gives the reasons for a step-by-step outline of the laboratory procedures he follows.

The diagnostic value of the free thyroxine index is emphasized (ie, serum thyroxine concentration times the resin liothyronine uptake) as a measure of estimating circulating thyroxine levels, which reflects thyroid activity. The differences between toxic diffuse goiter, toxic multinodular goiter, and autonomously functioning thyroid adenoma are discussed. There is a chapter each on methods of therapy: antithyroid drugs, radioactive iodine, and surgery. The indications, safety, and dosage of radioactive iodine therapy in each type of hyperthyroidism are presented. The chapter on the diagnostic criteria and management of Grave's ophthalmopathy is an excellent review.

Clinical cases are presented to illustrate each section of the book and are helpful

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