ELMER C. BARTELS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Since soon after the discovery of the new antithyroid drugs it appeared that these substances did not have specific curative properties for definitive treatment of hyperthyroidism, we began to use them as preoperative agents. Therefore, most of our patients with hyperthyroidism received one of these agents until a euthyroid state was established and then a radical subtotal thyroidectomy was done. This began a new era in the surgical management of hyperthyroidism.
In the past eight and one-half years, 2,400 patients with hyperthyroidism have been treated by this plan. The experience with this sizable group of patients and a careful follow-up
BARTELS EC. HYPERTHYROIDISM—AN EVALUATION OF TREATMENT WITH ANTITHYROID DRUGS FOLLOWED BY SUBTOTAL THYROIDECTOMY1. Ann Intern Med. 1952;37:1123–1134. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-37-6-1123
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;37(6):1123-1134.
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