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April 1936

The Parathyroids in Health and in Disease.

Am J Dis Child. 1936;51(4):999-1000. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.01970160237016

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The growth of knowledge regarding the functions of the parathyroids has been rapid during the past decade. The studies of laboratory workers on the parathyroid hormone and its effects on the body chemistry have been brilliant and have opened intriguing opportunities to clinicians, both medical and surgical. Unfortunately, in the furore over new operative and therapeutic possibilities, both physicians and surgeons have been tempted to go beyond, or even in the face of, the information that has come from the laboratories and have been led to unwarranted procedures in the use of the hormone, on the one hand, and on the use of surgical intervention, on the other. Doubtless, part of this confusion has been due to the fact that collected, correlated information on the physiology, pathology and biochemistry of the glands and their secretion was not readily available, and it was not generally appreciated that the question of the

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