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Medical Management of Thyroid Disease

2nd Edition, April 9, 2009

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ISBN: 978-1-4200-7065-1
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  • Revision: 2nd Edition, April 9, 2009
  • Published Date: April 9, 2009
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 466
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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Preface to the First Edition

I have been privileged to he a clinical investigator and thyroidologist for almost 25 years. When I was contacted by an editor of Marcel Dekker. Inc., about the possibility of ediiing a hook on diseases of the thyroid, my first reaction was, "Why do we need another thyroid book?" There are already several standard works that exhaustively cover thyroid physiology, pathophysiology. and clinical thyroid disease. Or of these texts is considered to be the "Bible" of thyroidolo2y, and there are several others that are also notable for their comprehensive treatment of the subject. Many of them are on my bookshelf, with broken spines and dog- eared pages from frequent use. However, after further reflection, it occurred to me that there was a niche for a smaller book that focused purely on the management of patients with thyroid disease, using a veiy practical and evidence-based approach. Therefore, I agreed to develop and edit a book that would cover the basics and that would appeal to practitioners. In the last decade, there have been major advances in our understanding of thyroid gland regulation, thyroid hormone synthesis and action, and the genetics of thyroid neoplasia. While an understanding of molecular mechanisms and "translational research" is important for optimal patient care. clinicians also need up-to-date, practical information to help them in the management of common (and not so common) thyroid problems.

In this book, every effort has been made to cover the universe of thyroidology in as much detail as possible. and yet provide information that is easily digested and useful. Each chapter considers the epidemiology. diagnosis. and treatment of a specific thyroid disorder or disorders. and serves as a "mini-review" of a particular topic. Because any discussion that involves the care of patients will engender controversy, areas of debate are identified and the contributors' own preferences are clearly stated. Every effort has been made to provide alternative points of view and to base recommendations on the best available evidence.

I was extremely fortunate to attract contributors who have international reputations as authors and thyroid researchers, and who are, most importantly. consummate physicians. I thank all of them for their diligence, intellectual approach, and clinical acumen, without which this volume would not have been possible. And, although this book was written for clinicians, it is my hope that the millions of patients with thyroid disease will be the primary beneficiaries.