E. PERRY MCCULLAGH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
During the last 50 years there have been repeated sweeping changes in the management of hyperthyroidism. The changes have veered from emphasis on radical surgery to conservative surgery, away from surgery altogether and toward medicine, and away from medicine toward radioactive iodine. The emphasis probably will continue to shift until the etiology of hyperthyroidism has been established and the disease can be attacked specifically at its origin or, better still, prevented.
It was in 1869 that Cheadle1 reported excellent results in the treatment of hyperthyroidism with iodine, but the medical world was unconvinced. For many years recognized authorities warned against
MCCULLAGH EP. ON THE CHOICE OF TREATMENT FOR HYPERTHYROIDISM1. Ann Intern Med. 1956;44:292–301. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-44-2-292
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1956;44(2):292-301.
Endocrine and Metabolism, Thyroid Disorders.
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