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April 1937

The Thyroid: Surgery—Syndromes—Treatment.

Arch NeurPsych. 1937;37(4):981. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1937.02260160281029

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This volume records the working theories and conclusions of a surgeon who devoted twenty-five years exclusively to goiter work and founded the Sloan Clinic of Bloomington, Ill. The book was not completed at the time of Dr. Sloan's death, in 1935, and is edited by his associates. The work is divided into twenty chapters, dealing with the conventional topics of anatomy, physiology, etiology, pathology, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. There is a lengthy discussion of historical material and a résumé of recent contributions to the subject of hypothyroidism. Original illustrations by William B. McVett and a bibliography of two hundred and fifty-four references add to the value of the book.

Dr. Sloan's conception of thyroid disease is broader than that of most surgeons. He regards exophthalmic goiter as a constitutional disorder and makes provision for its medical treatment. He places great emphasis on prophylaxis, believing that "the entire problem of the