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November 12, 1932

ULTIMATE RESULTS OF THYROIDECTOMY: ANALYSIS OF ONE HUNDRED CONSECUTIVE CASES TWO YEARS AFTER OPERATION

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Buffalo From the Buffalo Thyroid Clinic

JAMA. 1932;99(20):1686. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.27410720004010c
Abstract

Some time ago I1 published the results of one hundred consecutive thyroidectomies three months after operation. All cases were included, in order to make the selection entirely impersonal. The same principle was used in the examination, the study being based on purely objective tests; namely, the pulse, the weight, and the basal metabolism. In addition to these, the patients' own statements as to their nervousness and general state of health were taken into consideration because no patient is cured unless she herself feels satisfied with her condition.

In summing up my observations at that time, I concluded that:

  1. In a series of 100 consecutive thyroidectomies, representing 108 operations, examined three months after operation, 93 per cent of the patients report either satisfactory improvement or complete cure.

  2. Eighty-seven per cent showed a reduction or continuation of a normal pulse rate.

  3. Eighty-nine per cent either gained weight or continued a normal

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