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February 15, 1890

THE TREATMENT OF CYSTIC GOITRE BY ELECTROLYSIS.Read in the Section of Laryngology and Otology at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Newport, June, 1889.

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JAMA. 1890;XIV(7):233-235. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410070017001c

In a recent paper upon the treatment of cystic goitre, Thomas M. Hovell, F.R.C.S.E., recommends Sir Morell Mackenzie's method, a description of which was first published in 1872. He compares this plan of treatment with the methods advised by the authors of the leading English and American works on surgery, and unless he is too enthusiastic in his support of Mackenzie's treatment, it is a matter of surprise that a method so efficient and safe should have been nearly ignored by eminent surgeons, while operations of doubtful utility and much hazard have been given the preference. In Holmes' System of Surgery, 1883, Mackenzie's method is recommended as the best. However, Mr. Bryant apparently gives preference to simple tapping of the cyst, or injections of an alcoholic solution of iodine or of the perchloride of iron, In cysts of the isthmus he recommends incision into the cavity as a good and successful