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In the author's experience, the thyroid disorders cost more sick days among workers in East Germany than diabetes and occupy a substantial part of their endocrinologists' professional time. Dr. Meng has brought out this new book as part of a new series designed to bring a specialist's help mainly to the general practitioner, although without, as he says, any attempt to produce "a monograph or textbook."
The book can be divided into three parts: the first considers the historical development of concepts about the thyroid gland, its function and relationship to extrathyroidal factors, and diagnostic measures; the second takes up the ordinary disorders of the thyroid sequentially—nontoxic goiter, hyperthyroidism, acquired hypothyroidism, endocrine ophthalmopathy and pretibial myxedema, congenital hypothyroidism, thyroid tumors, and thyroiditis; the last discusses C-cells and calcitonin, characteristic measurements and treatment with radioactive substances, and treatment with drugs and hormones.
Although it is as yet little used in this
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