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August 1975

Surgery of the Thyroid Gland

Arch Surg. 1975;110(8):1051. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360140195048

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This is the latest (15th) monograph in a series of established excellence. The chapters on surgical anatomy, surgical pathology, and the surgical significance of thyroid isotopology are of interest to the clinician. The section on the treatment of thyroid cancer is well balanced. The author justifies his own choice of treatment in various clinical settings while giving due credit to divergent opinions.

There is no mention of possible dysphagia and hoarseness in the clinical description of subacute thyroiditis, although these symptoms, when present, can seriously suggest cancer. A list of the common iodine-containing drugs (specially popular proprietaries) and a more specific outline of thyroid function tests (and their interpretation) in patients with a recent history of intake of thyroid hormone or iodine would have been worthwhile additions. Clinical diagnosis and methods of sequential measurement of exophthalmos, as well as the principles of management of progressive exophthalmos, would also have helped

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