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May 1964

The Thyroid and Its Diseases.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):790-791. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110170050

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Little Jack Horner sat in a corner Eating his Christmas pie, He stuck in a thumb and pulled out a plum And said, "what a big boy am I."

Diseases of the thyroid gland have attracted groups of clinicians for many years. A strange feature about the behavior of these groups is the fact that regional attitudes and opinions are formed irrespective of other groups. In a sense then, thyroidologists tend to be like little Jack Horner sitting each in his own corner admiring his own work. This is a regrettable situation because the multitude of papers which have been published on thyroid disease and the numerous national and international societies allow for a free exchange of opinions, ideas, and facts. Nonetheless, a certain amount of chauvinistic stubbornness seems to be incorporated into the very warp and woof of some thyroid clinics.

Two recently published books on thyroid disease have

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