There is perhaps no more thrilling story in the history of surgery than man's efforts to relieve sufferers from thyroid conditions. For thousands of years persons with goiter were a perpetual challenge to the skill and ingenuity of physicians. They sought relief from the distressing disfigurement, suffocation, difficulty in swallowing and heart disease. Hundreds of years ago the distress of some of these sufferers caused a few surgeons to discard discretion and to attempt operative removal of goiters when a lack of knowledge of fundamental surgical procedures doomed them to failure in most instances. In the literature there are records of some of these early attempts. It is extremely interesting to read these old records, not only because they recount thrilling and almost blood-curdling stories, but because they show forcibly the advantages that physicians of today possess and the great advances that have been made since that time. They make
REID MR, ANDRUS WD. SURGICAL TREATMENT OF GOITER: WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE OPERATIVE TECHNIC. Arch Surg. 1932;24(4):531–549. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1932.01160160003001
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