The treatment of exophthalmic goiter and other forms of thyrotoxicosis by the roentgen ray was recommended as early as 1905, and a considerable amount of literature on the subject has since accumulated. In 1916, Pfahler was able to collect seventy-six papers on the treatment of exopthalmic goiter by the roentgen ray. Nevertheless, outside of a few clinics, no general attention has been given to this subject. During the past five years we have treated, in the roentgen-ray department of the Massachusetts General Hospital, 262 patients for thyrotoxicosis. The results of this work have been sufficiently encouraging, we think, to warrant a more general use of this agency in the treatment of thyrotoxicosis.
Experimental and investigative work has shown that it is possible to destroy the glandular structures by subjecting them for a sufficient length of time to the roentgen ray or to radium. It is also generally known that the
HOLMES GW, MERRILL AS. THE TREATMENT OF THYROTOXICOSIS BY MEANS OF ROENTGEN RAY. JAMA. 1919;73(22):1693–1696. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610480043014
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