The surgical treatment of the malignant thyroid adenoma has been the subject of abundant discussion and disparity of opinion in the recent literature, and there seems to be little or no concurrence as to the surgical management of patients with this disease. There is not even any essential agreement as to the incidence of the disease or the pathologic diagnosis and classification, and certainly there are no reliable criteria on which to base a surgical decision as to what to operate and how extensive the surgical procedure should be. In fact, there are few things in surgery at the present time about which there is less standardization of opinion. To this cauldron we propose to add our findings, not with the intention of augmenting the confusion but rather with a view to furthering the criteria of intelligent, rational, and beneficial treatment of the malignant thyroid adenoma.
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