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May 1971

Your Thyroid Gland.

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Upsala, Sweden

Arch Intern Med. 1971;127(5):969. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310170177040

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A patient is supposed to take an interest in his disease. Yet, it may be doubted whether there exists any country meeting this demand in a more superior way than the United States. I remember (with admiration) the Chicago Exhibition in 1933, where the Mayo Clinic illustrated the effect of sympathectomy in Raynaud's disease in a most instructive setup; the hand got blue, it turned white, sympathectomy was performed, and the hand assumed a rosy color.

The present book is another excellent illustration of this general trend to inform, to instruct (yet not to frighten) and to reassure, the patient about his thyroid gland. Solid substantial facts are given about hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, goiter in general, nodular goiter, and thyroid cancer.

Also, fictions about the thyroid gland deserve to be exposed, they are summarized briefly in an instructive chapter. One regrets the absence of an index, yet, there is a good

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