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May 27, 1950

Pathology and Surgery of Thyroid Disease

JAMA. 1950;143(4):404. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910390076038

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In their thirty years of experience with disease of the thyroid, the authors have evidently arrived at some sound ideas regarding the function and pathology of this organ. This they have presented in a brief monograph, which contains a good many references from the literature. A vast amount has been written about goiter; much of it is no longer valid. The role of iodine is being studied anew with the aid of radioactive isotopes. The addition of new drugs in the management of hyperthyroidism and the diminished frequency of goiter have decreased the need for surgical treatment. Emphasis is now being placed on cancer of the thyroid. This subject is well presented. The relationship of aberrant thyroid tissue and benign metastasizing goiter is described according to modern opinion. The treatment of cancer of the thyroid is difficult, but the management outlined is useful. The value in carcinoma of the radioactive

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