Radiotherapy has been used in the treatment of hyperthyroidism for many years. The best controlled series of cases heretofore reported was that of Means and Aub1 from the clinic of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Since then it has been increasingly popular as a means of treatment until at the present time it is being employed in many of the larger clinics throughout the country to depress the activity of thyroid glands that are producing a thyrotoxicosis. To the patient it offers a simpler, less hazardous, and more accurately controllable procedure than does surgery, with an equally good prognosis, and as a means of treatment deserves more universal usage. Only the overwhelming statistics from surgical clinics have kept it from advancing more rapidly.
The literature abounds in statistical studies of cases of exophthalmic goiter in which operations have been performed, but the results reported are either immediate results or follow-ups based
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