Surgical intervention is considered the proper treatment for the various types of thyroid disease; still one must admit that there is much to be desired in this field. It is difficult to evaluate completely the results obtained, even under the best conditions, owing to the numerous variable factors which may be encountered in procuring the data.
Crile1 reported from the Cleveland Clinic that 86.3 per cent of more than 12,000 patients treated for hyperthyroidism were able to resume their former occupation in less than a year after the operation. Moore2 reported cures in 82.7 per cent of persons with exophthalmic goiter, in 88.9 per cent of those with adenomatous goiter and in 51 per cent of those with secondary exophthalmic goiter (toxic adenoma). What constitutes a cure he did not state, and therefore it is difficult to know on what basis the cures may be evaluated. From the
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