The value of iodine in the preoperative treatment of exophthalmic goiter is too well established to admit of any controversy. Since Plummer almost twelve years ago put forward his advocacy of aqueous solution of iodine U. S. P. administered in connection with the treatment of this condition there has been a steady increase in the employment of this therapy and a corresponding increase in the success which has attended therapy of goiter in general, attributable largely to iodine medication. So great indeed has this success been that there is perceptible at present a tendency to overdo iodine medication and to make use of it as routine in all cases in which dysfunction of the thyroid has been postulated or even suspected, without due consideration of possible contraindications or a real understanding of all the factors involved.
This tendency is much to be deplored, for it will inevitably lead to a
De COURCY JL. THE PRESENT STATUS OF IODINE IN TREATMENT OF EXOPHTHALMIC GOITER. Arch Surg. 1936;32(2):346-354. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1936.01180200168009