HENRY M. THOMAS Jr.
In discussing the heart in hyperthyroidism I shall try to take up clinical points about which there has been much controversy in the past. In order to establish a proper background I shall briefly summarize the history of this subject.
In the first allusion to hyperthyroidism made by Parry1 in 1786 (and published posthumously in 1825) eight cases of a peculiar heart disease, attended by exophthalmos and thyroid enlargement were described. He evidently considered the disease primarily a cardiac affection with secondary exophthalmos and enlargement of the thyroid gland. Although Adleman2 in 1829 spoke of "Kropfherz," the Englishmen, Graves,3 Stokes,4
THOMAS HM. The Heart in Hyperthyroidism12. Ann Intern Med. ;5:184–191. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-5-2-184
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1931;5(2):184-191.
Cardiology, Endocrine and Metabolism, Thyroid Disorders.
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