DURING the past few years, numerous reports regarding the efficiency of the antithyroid drugs and of radioactive iodine in the treatment of toxic goiter have appeared in the literature. Other reports indicate that carcinoma of the thyroid in nodular goiter is much commoner than it was formerly appreciated. The present study was undertaken to evaluate objectively the results of treatment of goiter by various methods at the University of Nebraska Hospital during the past 15 years. The hospital does not maintain a goiter clinic and the results of goiter treatment represent averages obtained by a group of physicians associated with a teaching hospital.
The case histories of 670 patients admitted to this hospital from 1935 through 1949 with the diagnosis of goiter were critically reviewed, and follow-up studies were done. An accurate follow-up was possible in 71.8 per cent of the goiter patients. The 670 goiters were grouped as indicated