Many studies have been reported concerning the effect of medical treatment on the physical development of thyroid-deficient children, and several concerning the mental growth of such children, but few dealing with their social adjustment. In a former paper the question was raised as to the value of thyroid therapy in the ultimate adjustment of these children, as they tend to remain at a relatively low level of mental development.1 The purpose of this study is to report the background and social adjustment of 27 children deficient in thyroid who have received medication over a period of seven years.
The material for this study was gathered from information secured during visits to the homes and the schools, from interviews with the parents and the patients and from the records of social agencies which have been in contact with the families.The close relationship between the pediatrician and the parents
McDONALD JW, BROWN AW, BRONSTEIN IP. VIII. BACKGROUND AND SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT OF THYROID-DEFICIENT CHILDREN RECEIVING GLANDULAR THERAPY. Am J Dis Child. 1940;59(6):1227-1244. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.01990170063005