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January 28, 1939

RADIOLOGY'S RESPONSIBILITY IN THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF THYMIC HYPERPLASIA

JAMA. 1939;112(4):285-289. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800040003002
Abstract

Is the present lay concept of thymic hyperplasia based on medical facts or on medical fabrications? No one can deny the statement that the general public is thymus conscious. Mothers with infants turn pale when told that cyanosis and difficulty in breathing may indicate a very slight enlargement of the thymus, and others whose infants have been treated for thymic enlargement praise and glorify Dr. Doe for his mystical and miraculous ability to detect and cure thymic disease. The public is thymus conscious; in fact, overly thymus conscious. A few legislative-minded lawyers have asked if the thymic syndrome is over or under emphasized. State supreme courts in certain instances have made and make decisions after reviewing medical facts and medical fabrications. Who is responsible for this unwarranted concern?

The unusual interest in thymic disease can be traced back to the physician, more particularly the radiologist, the pediatrician and the pathologist.

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