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December 20, 1902

THE TOXIC ACTION OF THYROID EXTRACTS.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(25):1601. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480510041011

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Abstract

Thyroid medication has to some extent passed out of the hands of the physician; as an antifat remedy thyroid tablets are extensively and sometimes dangerously utilized by the laity. To the medical profession thyroid extract is well known as a powerful agent, and there are few of us who would not exercise some caution in its prescription for continuous treatment. The general public does not seem to be aware of its evil possibilities, and individuals occasionally suffer serious results from their ignorance. An instance of this is reported by a correspondent of the British Medical Journal, Dr. Stuart Tidey of Montreux, Switzerland. A lady, aged 40, died from cardiac failure which could not be traced to any definite cause during her lifetime. After death her husband asked the physician if he could make use of a large collection of drugs which she had been carrying around with her and using

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