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June 29, 1912

Pressure in Treatment of Hyperthyroidism

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Marshfield, Ore.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(26):2044. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060397019

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To the Editor:  —I hasten to suggest the advisability of trying continuous pressure in case of hyperthyroidism. This plan has commended itself to me after a futile trial with other remedies in three cases of well-marked enlargement of the thyroid.The first case occurred in a woman of 45 who had always enjoyed good health. The tachycardia was present some time before any enlargement of the gland was noticeable and at no time was exophthalmos distinguishable. Nervous symptoms, palpitation and air hunger grew more frequent and pronounced until the patient's life was made quite miserable; every medicinal remedy that had been suggested was tried without any benefit. Operation was advised but the patient did not take kindly to the measure. She was then told to use salt-bags over her neck while in the recumbent position. In two weeks the gland was so reduced in size that it was hardly perceptible;

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