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The diseases of the thyroid, such as exophthalmic goiter, and adenomatous goiter with hyperthyroidism have lost their former place among serious and fatal surgical ailments. The present great reduction in surgical mortality demonstrates the benefit of medical and surgical team work in the diagnosis and classification of thyroid diseases. Medical treatment is curative or beneficial in certain forms of goiter. In types of the disease formerly so fatal if untreated, and also having a high mortality surgically, improvement may be obtained by proper care. The actual dangers from avoidable surgical accidents and complications are now better recognized. This is all the result of the greater attention, both medical and surgical, paid to diseases of the thyroid. Any discussion or argument, any fad, medical or surgical, which will lead to more care, will lower mortality, as a by-product, so to speak, and therefore is justified by the results.
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MAYO CH, BOOTHBY WM. THE MORTALITY RATE FOLLOWING OPERATIONS ON THE THYROID GLAND. JAMA. 1923;80(13):891–893. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640400007002
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