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July 17, 1948

The Parathyroid Glands and Skeleton in Renal Disease

JAMA. 1948;137(12):1094. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890460090036

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The monograph based on the study and analysis of 60 unselected cases and 30 selected cases of renal disease deals with the description of and correlation between the histologic and other changes of the kidneys, parathyroid glands and bones. The renal diseases are divided for this purpose into three main classes: primary toxic nephritis, symptomatic toxic nephritis and other renal diseases. Each of the first two classes has several subdivisions. Cases of ischemic nephritis of vascular origin (benign hypertension) areexcluded because abnormal enlargements or histologic changes in the parathyroids were not found with these conditions. Macroscopic and microscopic criteria are used to divide the parathyroid glands examined into six types. After recording the methods of standardization and the various standards used, Gilmour discusses the relation of parathyroid weights, their texture and color, and their histologic and cytologic

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