This book has a vivid personality. It owes its origin to the Massachusetts General Hospital, and no reader can forget this fact while progressing from the title page, with its reproduction of an old print of the Bulfinch Building, to the end of the volume.
The opening words of the preface introduce one to the point of view that is maintained throughout the volume: "While the present work is intended to be, in a measure, a textbook of the diseases, or disorders, of the thyroid, it is in no sense an encyclopedic treatise on that subject. Rather it is an account of the personal experience of a considerable group of workers in a single thyroid clinic and of the opinions and convictions derived from this experience. The clinic is that of the Massachusetts General Hospital and the period of observation now extends over more than two decades."
Thus, one is