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April 1973

Treatment of Graves Disease Ophthalmopathy

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Temple University Philadelphia

Arch Intern Med. 1973;131(4):609. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.00320100137024

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To the Editor.  —I have just seen an article published in the July issue of The Archives, "Ophthalmopathy of Graves' Disease," by Barbosa and others. The authors evaluated the response of patients with this disorder to three types of treatment. No statistical analysis of the data was presented, and that is what bothers me. Frankly, I thought that the article was extremely well done, except for the minor point that the authors failed to analyze what they found.Chi-square analysis of their results (Table 2) indicates that there is no relationship between deterioration of the ophthalmopathy and type of treatment. This is true for total deterioration, mild deterioration, severe deterioration, and improvement. The correct conclusion to be drawn from the data is that the type of treatment has no effect on the outcome.As a result of this failure to analyze the data properly, the authors fail to state

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