JOEL I. HAMBURGER, M.D.; SOLOMON C. WERCH, M.D.
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To the Editor: Burke's report (Ann. Intern. Med. 64: 1208, 1966) on making use of radiothyroxine turnover is one of a plethora of recent papers promoting new tests of thyroid function for problem patients. Although newer techniques may contribute to an understanding of thyroid pathophysiology, in our experience they have not been helpful in a clinical setting.
When the clinical diagnosis is clear, standard thyroid function tests nearly always provide confirmatory data. When the diagnosis is equivocal, thyroid dysfunction is likely to be mild, and test results will be borderline. The question facing the physician, therefore, is, should the treatment
HAMBURGER JI, WERCH SC. RADIOTHYROXINE TURNOVER AS A TEST OF THYROID FUNCTION. Ann Intern Med. ;66:448–450. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-66-2-448
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(2):448-450.
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