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October 4, 1976

Surgical Treatment of Endocrine Disorders

Author Affiliations

University of Colorado Medical Center Denver

JAMA. 1976;236(14):1628-1629. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270150058042

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Why a pediatrician would edit a book on surgical treatment of endocrine diseases should puzzle most surgeons. But few of us would mind if the information were up-to-date, especially if it added to our ability to treat patients. But, in critical areas, this book falls short.

Take for example the two most common provenances of endocrine disease: the thyroid and parathyroid. Discussing "The Thyroid Gland," the author fails to mention the medical or surgical treatment of exophthalmos, T3 thyrotoxicosis, toxic nodular disease, thyroiditis, thyroid storm, or even the common diagnostic tests for thyrotoxicosis. Similarly, in seven pages devoted to "The Parathyroid Gland," he neglects to cite ectopic parahormone production, thiazides as a cause of hypercalcemia, or parahormone assays, tubular reabsorption of phosphate, or arteriography in its diagnosis. After reading "the parathyroid hormone acts upon the gut, where it promotes calcium absorption," I immediately checked the references. There are just