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Thyroid function tests and hypothyroidism: Authors' reply

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1087
  1. A D Toft, consultant physician,
  2. G J Beckett, reader
  1. Endocrine Department Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH3 9YW
  2. University Department of Clinical Biochemistry Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH3 9YW

    EDITOR—It is surely a sign of the increased pressures on doctors' time that they now tend to read only the titles or abstracts of manuscripts (designed to have maximum impact) rather than the body of the text. The two papers common to the criticisms of our position on thyroxine replacement treatment by both Crilly and Vanderpump and Franklyn illustrate the problem.

    In the Framingham study a low serum thyroid stimulating hormone concentration was shown …

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