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the cretin. The latter has none of the curiosity, the seeking for experience, the active interest, the pliant
expanding will, the sweet capacity for affection, friendship and love present in the average child. The cretin is
a travesty on the human being in body, mind and character.
But feed him thyroid gland. Mind you, the dried substance of the glands, not of human beings, but of mere
sheep. The cretin begins to grow mentally and physically and loses to a large extent the grotesqueness of his
appearance. He grows taller; his tongue no longer lolls in his mouth; the hair becomes finer, the hands less
coarse, and the patient exhibits more normal human emotions, purposes, intelligence. True, he does not reach
normality, but that is because other defects beside the thyroid defect exist and are not altered by the thyroid
There is a much more spectacular disease to be cited, --a relatively infrequent but well-understood condition
called myxoedema, which occurs mainly in women and is also due to a deficiency in the thyroid secretion. As
a result the patient, who may have been a bright, capable, energetic person, full of the eager purposes and
emotions of life, gradually becomes dull, stupid, apathetic, without fear, anger, love, joy or sorrow, and
without purpose or striving. In addition the body changes, the hair becomes coarse and scanty, the skin thick
and swollen (hence the name of the disease) and various changes take place in the sweat secretion, the heart
Then, having made the diagnosis, work the great miracle! Obtain the dried thyroid glands of the sheep,
prepared by the great drug houses as a by-product of the butcher business, and feed this poor, transformed
creature with these glands! No fairy waving a magical wand ever worked a greater enchantment, for with the
first dose the patient improves and in a relatively short time is restored to normal in skin, hair, sweat, etc., and
MIND and character! To every physician who has seen this happe...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
- Spring '11