K. LACHLAN WHITE, M.D.; W. N. CHAMBERS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
There are few more dramatic or challenging medical emergencies than thyroid storm. Its sudden development in the nonsurgical thyrotoxic patient is rightfully regarded as an ominous sign, and all therapeutic efforts are overshadowed by the knowledge that the outcome is usually fatal. Little is known about this emotional and endocrine tempest, and opportunities for observing it in medical patients are rare. Among 2,033 thyrotoxic patients seen over a 25 year period at the Massachusetts General Hospital, McArthur1 reported 11 medical patients with storm, eight of whom died. Bayley2 and Lahey3 report similar figures.
The psychodynamics and physiopathology of this condition
K. LACHLAN WHITE, W. N. CHAMBERS. MEDICAL THYROID STORM: A PSYCHOSOMATIC STUDY(MEDICAL THYROID STORM: A PSYCHOSOMATIC STUDY*). Ann Intern Med. 1953;38:586–595. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-38-3-586
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1953;38(3):586-595.
Endocrine and Metabolism, Thyroid Disorders.
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