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August 1949

Practical Aspects of Thyroid Disease.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;84(2):358-359. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00230020161014

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This book is especially valuable because it brings the reader up to date on accepted opinions on diseases of the thyroid gland. The author has avoided long discussions, charts and experimental data and, with a minimum of words, has covered each subject well.

The chapters on basic physiology and pathology clearly explain today's concept of these subjects. Toxic diffuse goiter and toxic nodular goiter are well distinguished with regard to diagnosis and treatment. In many minds, there is confusion regarding the indications for the use of iodine, antithyroid drugs and thyrotropic hormone and for surgical intervention; these are clearly explained and differentiated. The chapter on the use of antithyroid drugs is especially well organized and written.

Four chapters are devoted to the discussion of malignant tumors of the thyroid. The author uses the accepted classification of the common carcinomas of the thyroid, dividing them into papillary and nonpapillary types, and

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