PAUL J. DAVIS, M.D.; JONAS R. RAPPEPORT, M.D.; J. HOWARD LUTZ, M.D.; ROBERT I. GREGERMAN, M.D.
Three young men without previous criminal records developed thyrotoxicosis and committed felonies while symptomatically hyperthyroid. In each case the loss, or threatened loss, of gainful employment was attributable to manifestations of thyrotoxicosis and was associated with the patients' reliance on larceny to support their dependents. There are no previous reports of the perpetration of criminal acts by symptomatic hyperthyroid patients. The legal defense of such patients may include consideration of hyperthyroidism as a mitigating factor.
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DAVIS PJ, RAPPEPORT JR, LUTZ JH, GREGERMAN RI. Three Thyrotoxic Criminals. Ann Intern Med. 1971;74:743–745. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-5-743
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(5):743-745.
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