ROBERT RAY MCGEE, M.D.; RICHARD L. WHITTAKER, M.D.; I. FRANK TULLIS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
In 1931-32 Lahey1, 2, 3, 4, 5 called attention to a clinical variety of hyperthyroidism characterized by apathy rather than hyperactivity, to which he gave the name "apathetic thyroidism." We have chosen his apt designation as the title of this article, the purpose of which is to reëmphasize the occurrence of that form of the disease, describe the clinical picture, and mention possible etiologic mechanisms. This report was prompted by our having seen recently two cases of hyperthyroidism where considerable diagnostic confusion resulted from the presence of extreme apathy as the outstanding clinical manifestation. When further information regarding this variant
MCGEE RR, WHITTAKER RL, TULLIS IF. APATHETIC THYROIDISM: REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE AND REPORT OF FOUR CASES1. Ann Intern Med. 1959;50:1418–1432. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-50-6-1418
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;50(6):1418-1432.
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