History of thyroid and parathyroid surgery

Klaus Martin Schulte*, Hans Dietrich Röher

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Endocrine surgery is the principle and practice of human physiology applied through means of surgery. This concept with deep historical roots has nourished many thoughts, ideas, and discoveries. We encounter the evolution of an epochal thought. This process was influenced and imprinted by individuals capable to provide answers to questions of human physiology through experience of surgery. Others addressed matters of surgical technique. The genuine function of the thyroid as an endocrine organ was discovered by a surgeon. Similarly, surgeons pioneered the recognition of parathyroid function and disease. More than in any other field, the development of operative principles in endocrine surgery is inextricably interwoven with the recognition of principles of homeostatic regulation. The advance in molecular biology allowed a profound understanding of the endocrine control of cellular function and proliferation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSurgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783642234590
ISBN (Print)3642234585, 9783642234583
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


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