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The Treatment of Myxódema and Cretinism, being a Review of the Treatment of these Diseases with the Thyroid Gland, with a Table of 100 Published Cases

  • Cecil F. Beadles (a1)

For the benefit of those who have not followed the recent discussions I have compiled tables of the cases of myxódema treated by thyroid injection and feeding that have thus far been published in this country. These, I trust, will be found useful and easy of reference. The main points of each case are arranged under a few convenient headings, viz., the sex and age of the patient, the duration of the disease, the length of time the treatment had been carried out at the time of reporting, the dosage and method of administration employed, the results obtained, and, where such existed, any ill effects that were seen to follow or occur during the course of the treatment. In all there are details of 100 cases shown. A glance at this summary will bring out certain points of interest and importance.

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Reproductions from photographs of patients who have undergone the thyroid treatment may be found in the following journals:— “Brit. Med. Journ.,” Aug. 27, 1892; Jan. 14, 1893, p. 64; April 8, 1893, pp. 737 and 738. “Glas. Med. Journ.,” Sept., 1892. “Clin. Soc. Trans.,” Vol. xxv., 1892. “Lancet,” May 13, 1893. “Sheffield Med. Journ.,” July, 1893, etc.
I have to acknowledge my indebtedness to Drs. Murray, Davies, and Mackenzie for the use of some excellent photographs showing myxœdematous patients before and after treatment by the thyroid, which were shown at the meeting of the Medico-Psych. Assoc. on May 18th, 1893.
“The Function of the Thyroid Gland: A Critical and Historical Review,” Victor Horsley, “Brit. Med. Journ.,” Jan. 30, 1892, and Virchow's “Festschrift,” 1891.
Discussion on Myxœdema at the Edinburgh Medico-Chirurgical Society, Feb. 15 and 16, 1893. See “Edinburgh Medical Journal,” May, 1893.
Discussion on the Treatment of Myxœdema at the Annual Meeting of the Brit. Med. Association at Nottingham, July, 1892. See “Brit. Med. Journ.,” Aug. 27, 1892.
“The Treatment of Myxœdema and Cretinism,” Dr. Geo. Murray, “Lancet,” May 13, 1893.
“Myxœdema and the Recent Advances in its Treatment,” Dr. Hector Mackenzie, “Lancet,” Jan. 21, 1893.
“The Treatment of Myxœdema by Thyroid Feeding: Its Advantages and Risks,” Prof. Grainger Stewart, “The Practitioner,” July, 1893.
“Myxœdema and the Thyroid Gland,” being a short account of the supposed uses and functions of the gland, Dr. Lorrain Smith, “The Medical Magazine,” Aug., 1893.
“Cases of Myxœdema and Acromegalia Treated with Benefit by Sheep's Thyroids: Recent Observations Respecting the Pathology of the Cachexias following Disease of the Thyroid: Clinical Relationships of Graves' Disease and Acromegalia,” Putnam, James T. Dr., “American Journ. Med. Sc.,” Aug., 1893.
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The Treatment of Myxódema and Cretinism, being a Review of the Treatment of these Diseases with the Thyroid Gland, with a Table of 100 Published Cases

  • Cecil F. Beadles (a1)
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