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June 3, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(22):1785-1786. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740220051020

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Treatment of Arthritis Deformans  Before the Société de chirurgie, Mr. Simon of Strasbourg described recently an original method of treatment for arthritis deformans with which he has secured excellent results. While observing in Strasbourg results that Leriche secured in these cases by performing parathyroidectomy, he noticed that, in some cases in which the surgeon had not found the parathyroid glands, the operation was nevertheless successful. From this fact he concluded that mere surface irritation of the thyroid, during prolonged operative maneuvers, played a part in these ameliorations. Furthermore, he assumes that thyroid insufficiency is often a cause of arthritis deformans. This conclusion was the point of departure for the method that he devised. He exposed the thyroid with a simple incision and painted the surface with a phenol solution. In ten cases, with one exception, he secured an immediate considerable amelioration of the rheumatism. The patients recovered the normal amplitude

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