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SURGICAL INJURY OF THE PARATHYROIDS.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(4):330. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530040042004.
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In 1880 Sandstroem for the first time accurately described the "glandulæ parathyroideæ," and although his report was so thorough that little has since been added to our knowledge of their gross and microscopic anatomy, yet it was not until 1895 that any further consideration was given to these important organs. Since that time articles in plenty have appeared, discussing the functions of the parathyroids and their relation to disease, particularly during the past few years, which have helped to clear up many confused ideas concerning the thyroid as well as giving us positive information concerning the glandules themselves. For a long time the parathyroids were generally considered to be but modified forms of accessory thyroids, with no independent function of their own; and this view is still held by some, although such a position is scarcely tenable in view of the numerous reliable studies which show the anatomic and physiologic

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