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Classics in Endocrinology

Sawin, Clark T. MD

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This issue’s classic is barely one page in length, but, at least in retrospect, it established the fact that tetany as a result of removal of the parathyroid glands might be caused by hypocalcemia because the tetany was reversed by the injection of calcium salts [1]. It took time for the findings to be accepted, but they are now a commonplace of endocrinology.

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1. MacCallum WG, Voegtlin C. On the relation of the parathyroid to calcium metabolism and the nature of tetany. Bull Johns Hopkins Hosp 1908; 19: 91.
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