LEO WAITZKIN, M.D.
Total thyroidectomy in the treatment of angina pectoris, first performed in 1933 by Blumgart, Levine and Berlin,1 was employed over a period of years until the lack of sufficiently favorable results led to virtual abandonment of the procedure. Not only was there a fairly serious operative risk but, if the patient's angina was not ameliorated, he was then left with an additional disorder, myxedema. Nevertheless, a review of the literature concerning total thyroidectomy in the treatment of angina indicates that some patients obtained considerable relief following operation. It must be remembered, of course, that the natural course of angina is
WAITZKIN L. TREATMENT OF ANGINA PECTORIS WITH PROPYLTHIOURACIL1. Ann Intern Med. ;34:1107–1125. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-34-5-1107
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;34(5):1107-1125.
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