Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on April 29, 1963 · Page 9
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 9

Tucson, Arizona
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Monday, April 29, 1963
Page 9
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MONDAY EVENING, APRIL' 29 ,T963 T U C S O N D A I L Y .CITIZEN Operation TrfedFor Dr. Alvarez It em«ritus consultant in medicine of the Mayo Clinic and emer- Itui profe»Sbr of mediclrt* of the Mayo Foundation. -:·'' ' :: By' . WALTER C. ALVAREZ, M.D, Several kind readers sent me pictures of a young man who, before his death, weighed 670 pounds. He said that for him eating food was just as much a compulsion as,drink- Ing whisky is to an alcoholic. I can quite believe him, if only because recently I received a letter from a stout young woman who said her body keeps shrieking at her all the time, demanding more food and ever more food. Much as she hated to get fat, whether she wanted to or not, she always felt compelled to eat huge meals and then raid the refrigerator between meals. There is now a possibility for helping these excessively overweight people. My good friend, Dr. Irving Page, one: of the great research men in medicine and now at the Cleveland, Ohio, clinic, tells me some of his associates have been trying out an operation in which much of the small bowel is short-circuited surgically and put out of function. The patient can eat all he or she likes without being able to absorb much of it. Unable to absorb much food, the person stays thin. Before long, we will know whether this operation Is suitable for many people and entirely cafe. Iodine In Blood People are sometimes puzzled because a "breathing test" for activity of the thyroid gland (the gland In the front of the neck which, when enlarged, is a goiter) showed a decided inactivity, while the PBI (or measurement of the "protein-bound- iodine" in the blood) Indicated a decided overactivity. A number of these neople tell me that their doctor, when faced with these conflicting reports, gave them pills of thyroid substance to take each day. Most of these people--almost all of them women--say that all the drug did was to make them jittery and very nervous. This usually means the thyroid function was normal and hence the medicine was not needed and not tolerated. If it had been needed, the women would have felt immensely better as soon as they started taking it. Many readers ask, "But can the result of a laboratory test be wrong?" Or course it can; lab workers are human like the rest of us and it is human to make mistakes. One of the sad features about modern medicine is that when we doctors are given a laboratory report that is fairly obviously erroneous it does not occur to us to send the patient back for a checkup. We look on reports of laboratory tests as Holy Writ. But -they aren't. Especially reports of PBI measurements can easily be wrong because in this test the amount of iodine must be measured in thousandths of a thousandth of a gram (a gram is a fourth of a teaspoonful). Obviously, only a well-trained c h e m i s t can hope to make such a measurement with accuracy. A few jears ago, I saw a woman whose physicians had been much puzzled by conflicting reports of her "basal metabolism" and her PBI. When I had these tests repeated in a laboratory both the reports were found to be within normal limits and this explained why the woman could not take thyroid extract without getting jittery When I had a long talk with her, I found that her illness was due to such things as a hereditary tendency to a distressingly nervous bowel --now kept comfortable with codeine--a husband danger ously ill with a bad heart at tack and a poorly adjusted daughter whose escapades kept her mother in a con atant state of anxiety. More Information a b o u t thyroid gland Irregularities Is contained In Dr. Alvarez' oookljrt, "Thyroid Troubles «nd Goiters." 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