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An intense interest in this subject is apparent on the part of the British medical profession, as is evident from the fact that at least a dozen articles have appeared in the leading journals in the last three months. The reports of the cases thus far recorded are very favorable, and the results are astonishing.
Naturally, in this new interest in the effects of thyroid disease, the question of the function of this gland comes into increased significance. On this point there can be no certain stand taken at present, though the promise of a solution of this difficult physiological problem seems near. In his most recent work on the functions of the thyroid gland, Victor Horsley (British Medical Journal, January 30, and February 6, 1892), favors three hypotheses, viz.: 1. That it is directly a blood-forming organ. 2. That it is indirectly a blood-forming organ. 3. That it modifies
THE TREATMENT OF MYXŒDEMA BY THYROID EXTRACT AND THE FUNCTIONS OF THE THYROID GLAND. JAMA. 1893;XX(6):161–162. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420330023005
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