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July 1925

BASAL METABOLIC RATES AND THEIR RELATION TO END-RESULTS IN THYROID DISEASEA STATISTICAL STUDY

Arch Surg. 1925;11(1):1-17. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1925.01120130008001
Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present a statistical study of results from the basal metabolism laboratory of the Lahey Clinic, as well as to attempt to correlate certain phases in the diagnosis and therapeutic endresults in thyroid disease to the rate of basal metabolism.

The material comprises the results of 5,200 consecutive tests in 1,675 patients, all of whom were primarily referred to the metabolism laboratory either for an estimation of the severity of thyroid disease when the diagnosis was clinically obvious, or for aid in diagnosis when the clinical picture was obscure.

The basal metabolic rate, when correctly estimated and interpreted, is of undisputed value for both these purposes in the thyroid clinic of today.

In the discussion of results, the cases are divided into two large groups, those in which operation was performed and those in which operation was not done. Of these 1,675 patients, 1,258

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