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March 4, 1911

PRESENT KNOWLEDGE OF THYROID FUNCTION

Author Affiliations

Professor of Experimental Therapeutics, Cornell University Medical College NEW YORK

JAMA. 1911;LVI(9):658-660. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560090030010

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Abstract

At the present time we know that the thyroid gland fills a very important function in the animal body. We do not know the precise details as to how this function is fulfilled, and because of our lack of knowledge on this point we may more readily turn the discussion to the consideration of theories than is the case in regard to the other tissues which have been more thoroughly studied and concerning which we have more definite information.

One of these theories is deserving of recognition merely for the purpose of rejection. I refer to the ideas sponsored by Blum, Notkin and others—the so-called neutralization theory. These investigators have stated that the function of the thyroid is to detoxicate certain metabolic products which arise in the animal body, and this action they conceive to take place in the thyroid itself and to be accomplished by the union of iodin

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