KERMIT E. OSSERMAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The report from Blalock, Mason, Morgan, and Rivin in 1939 (1) of thymectomy for patients with myasthenia gravis and thymoma created hope that this was the therapeutic answer for this disease. During the 1940's and '50's, controversy arose because of differing evaluations of the results from this procedure. Keynes (2) showed a difference in response between patients with hyperplasia and those with thymoma who did poorly; he advocated that the two groups be assessed separately. Schwab and Leland (3) and Eaton and Clagett (4) confirmed Keynes' observation but also snowed that only young women with the disease for less than
OSSERMAN KE. Thymectomy for Myasthenia Gravis. Ann Intern Med. 1968;69:398–399. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-69-2-398
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