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August 12, 1944


JAMA. 1944;125(15):1026-1030. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850330024006

POST-THERAPEUTIC HYPOTHYROIDISM  Table 4 summarizes results which developed in 5 cases in which treatment directed to the thyroid gland appeared to result in the fairly prompt development of perceptible hypothyroidism. As a rule, postoperative hypothyroidism became manifest within a comparatively short time and thyroid was helpful in therapy. But none of the patients claimed to feel as well after developing hypothyroidism as when they were normal, so that, on the whole, the development of hypothyroidism as a complication of thyrotoxicosis was by no means a fortunate occurrence.This impression is of some interest. Such surgeons as Poate and Wyndham,19 Dobson, Seely and Rose,20 Berlin and Gargill21 and Albright and Clute,22 who have reported recently on the end results in thyroid surgery, have encountered postoperative hypothyroidism in a certain proportion of their cases and seem to make but little of it. Indeed a truly radical surgeon like Scott23 appears to advocate so

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