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November 29, 1919

THE TREATMENT OF THYROTOXICOSIS BY MEANS OF ROENTGEN RAY

JAMA. 1919;73(22):1693-1696. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610480043014
Abstract

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

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