In a critical evaluation of total thyroidectomy for cardiac disease published in 1937,1 we based our conclusions on 357 collected and 5 personal cases, the 362 cases including, we believed, practically all of the operations performed up to that time on the indications of cardiac disease. The majority of these cases had been recorded in the literature. The remainder, some of which have apparently not been otherwise reported, we collected by personal correspondence. The largest series (69 cases) was reported from Beth Israel Hospital, New York, where Berlin, on the recommendation of Blumgart, had performed the second such operation in December 1932. The second largest series (42 cases) was reported from the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, where Cutler, a month earlier, had performed the first thyroidectomy for heart disease on the recommendation of Levine.
In all, 205 operations had been done for congestive heart failure, with excellent results
PARSONS WH, PURKS WK. TOTAL THYROIDECTOMY FOR CARDIAC DISEASE: A REEVALUATION. Arch Surg. 1942;45(1):44–54. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1942.01220010047003
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