After examining patients with thyroid diseases, one is chiefly concerned as to the method of treatment indicated to restore these persons to normal with the shortest period of disability. From writings on both the clinical and the pathologic aspects of thyroid diseases, one is led to believe that there are different types of goiter which remain constant, and that the treatment can be outlined according to the type. Whether goiters of different types do represent definite clinical entities has not been settled, but Hertzler1 was the first to point out that they may represent merely stages of a continuous disease.
In view of the fact that there is a difference of opinion as to whether one is dealing with a continuous process or different diseases, it was thought advisable to undertake a study of the normal thyroid to determine whether there is a relatively constant histologic picture for the
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