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October 18, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(16):575-578. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410420019003

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Recent Investigations upon the Thyroid Gland.  —Since the crucial experiments of Horsely and others regarding the connection between the nervous system and that gland, numerous investigators have applied themselves to the study of the functions of this organ. Recently these articles have been abstracted in Schmidt's Jahrbücher. The first from the pen of Prof. Ribbert (Virchow's Arch., cxvii) deals with the regeneration of this gland after extirpation. The experiments were conducted upon dogs and rabbits and consisted in removing small portions from one half of the thyroid body and at different times after the operation removing that portion of the gland. The careful microscopical examination of these showed that in this, like other glands, there was a functional regeneration. New portions of the gland developed by infiltration from cells in the old alveoli, that were at first small without lumen, but later enlarged, developing a cavity filled with colloid material.

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