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November 1971

Volume VI: Tumors of the Thyroid Gland.

Arch Surg. 1971;103(5):658. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350110160031

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This volume is the best and most complete work on tumors of the thyroid gland that this reviewer has seen.

The book begins with an historical review and describes statistical methods for studying the epidemiology of thyroid tumors. It is apparent that there has been very little change in the incidence of this dsease in the past several decades. The mortality figures again show that there is a low death rate from this disease, which is confined primarily to the anaplastic form of tumor. Its higher frequency in females is also emphasized.

Two chapters on the present knowledge of the cause of thyroid tumors, written by I. Doniach, are probably the best chapters in the book, and deal beautifully with concepts of thyroid tumors' causation with particular reference to radiation and constant pituitary stimulation of the thyroid gland. One of these chapters is on experimental work and it emphasizes the

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