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January 1955

The Thyroid: A Physiological, Pathological, Clinical and Surgical Study.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;95(1):177. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250070193026

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This book is a long and comprehensive general review of practically all aspects of thyroid disease. Considerable space is devoted to physiology of the thyroid gland and to various pathologic conditions encountered in the management of disease of the thyroid gland. It contains many excellent colored photomicrographs and photographs of patients with different thyroid conditions.

Many of the author's conclusions, however, are largely theoretical and without adequate factual basis. This is particularly true of his concept that all forms of thyroid disease, including Hashimoto's and Riedel's thyroiditis, represent various phases in the natural course of diffuse parenchymatous hypertrophy. His statements about changes in thyroid function that occur with advancing age and at the time of the climacteric as well as his ideas regarding the relation of the thyroid gland to other endocrine glands are at considerable variance with those of most present-day thyroidologists.

The book is interesting and provocative. Unfortunately,

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