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July 17, 1937


JAMA. 1937;109(3):179-183. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780290001001

In considering the morbidity associated with thyroid surgery, one is impressed by the fact that a great deal more emphasis has been placed on preoperative and postoperative care and the mortality rates than on morbidity. The mortality rate is now almost the same in all thyroid clinics. The highest aim of thyroid surgery should be to return these patients to their normal lives as normal persons without residual symptoms. Obviously, certain pathologic conditions may have become permanent but, fortunately, these are in the minority. There is no operation that may change the physical and mental condition more strikingly than a thyroidectomy in a patient with hyperthyroidism. It is important that the factors of morbidity should be recognized prior to, during and after the operation not only to facilitate the actual handling of the patient but to aid in giving a definite prognosis. The complications in thyroid surgery may be numerous;