SEYMOUR HERSCHBERG, M.D.
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To the Editor: The editorial note by Dr. Burke (1) highlights some of the problems involved in ascertaining the significance of long-acting thyroid stimulator (LATS). As the matter is one of dispute, I would like to propose a unifying hypothesis.
With reference to the effects of LATS on various tissues as noted in the review by Burke (2), many of the apparent discrepancies might be clarified if genetic concepts were taken into account. The effects of LATS on target systems may vary with the genetic predisposition of end-organ sensitivity, and this in turn may produce various clinical pictures with respect
HERSCHBERG S. LATS AND THYROTOXICOSIS. Ann Intern Med. ;71:872–874. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-71-4-872
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;71(4):872-874.
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