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October 28, 1939

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases of the Thyroid

JAMA. 1939;113(18):1666. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800430058033

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This volume is a series of monographs, each covering a particular phase of thyroid disease and each complete in itself. From the nature of this compilation there is much overlapping and repetition of material. As a whole, the book has given in an interesting manner a true description of goiter throughout the ages. The historical side of goiter and the part that each man has played in the development of our present knowledge is given in detail. The monograph on exophthalmic goiter is thorough. Every theory of the cause is described and criticized; every diagnostic measure is explained and evaluated; a rational understanding of the probable causes and principles of treatment is achieved. Detailed case histories of hospital patients, covering twenty-three years, are given to contrast the diagnosis and treatment at different periods. The book gives little space to cretinism and congenital hypothyroidism, which in some sections of the country

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