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Thyroid For Dummies

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  • Thyroid For Dummies

    Thyroid For Dummies, 2nd Edition



    by Alan L. Rubin, MD



    Thyroid For Dummies, 2nd Edition®


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    About the Author


    Alan L. Rubin, MD, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on the thyroid gland in health and


    disease. He is a member of the Endocrine Society and has been in private practice specializing in


    thyroid disease and diabetes for over 28 years. Dr. Rubin was Assistant Clinical Professor of


    Medicine at UC Medical Center in San Francisco for 20 years. He has spoken about the thyroid to


    professional medical audiences and nonmedical audiences around the world. He is a consultant to


    many pharmaceutical companies and companies that make thyroid products.


    Dr. Rubin has written extensively on the thyroid gland as well as diabetes mellitus. As a result, he


    has been on numerous radio and television programs talking about the cause, the prevention, and


    the treatment of conditions of the thyroid. He is also the best-selling author of Diabetes For


    Dummies and Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies, both now in second editions and translated into


    multiple languages including Chinese, Spanish, French, and Russian. His latest book is High


    Blood Pressure For Dummies.


    Dedication


    The second edition of this book is again dedicated to my wife, Enid. She smilingly let me do my


    work, sometimes into the wee hours of the morning, and missed many an opportunity to go out to


    dinner or a movie so that I could produce this book for you. If you have a fraction of the support in


    your life that she has given me, you are a lucky person, indeed.


    Author’s Acknowledgments


    The great publisher and midwife, Kathy Nebenhaus, deserves enormous appreciation for helping


    me to deliver yet another bright-eyed baby. Her optimism and her enthusiasm actually made this


    book possible. Acquisitions editor Michael Lewis played a huge role in ironing out the inevitable


    problems that arise when book publishing and medicine meet.


    My editor, Michael Baker, did a magnificent job turning my sometimes incomprehensible prose


    into words that you can understand. He also conducted a whole orchestra of other editors who


    contributed to the book, including Melissa Wiley. My thanks to Dr. Kathleen Bethin for the


    technical editing of the book.


    Librarian Karen O’Grady at St. Francis Memorial Hospital was tremendously helpful in providing


    the articles and books upon which the information in this book is based.


    My teachers are too numerous to mention, but one person deserves special attention. Dr. Francis


    Greenspan at the University of California Medical Center gave me the sound foundation in thyroid


    function and disease upon which this book is based.


    Finally, there are my patients over the last 28 years, the people whose trials and tribulations


    caused me to seek the knowledge that you will find in this book. This book is written on the


    shoulders of thousands of men and women who made the discoveries, tried the medications, and


    held the committee meetings. Their accomplishments cannot possibly be given adequate acclaim.


    We owe them big time.


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    Title


    Introduction


    About This Book


    Conventions Used in This Book


    Assumptions


    How This Book Is Organized


    Icons Used in This Book


    Where to Go from Here


    Part I : Examining the Thyroid


    Chapter 1: The Big Role of a Little Gland


    Discovering the Extent of the Problem


    Identifying an Unhappy Thyroid


    Recognizing Who’s at Risk


    Realizing the Importance of a Healthy Thyroid


    Treating What Ails You


    Examining Additional Contributors to Thyroid Ailments


    Realizing the Consequences of Delaying Treatment


    Paying Attention to Special Groups and Considerations


    Keeping the Rest of Your Body Healthy


    Staying Informed


    Chapter 2: How the Thyroid Works


    Picturing Your Thyroid


    Examining the Production of Thyroid Hormones


    Understanding the Function of Thyroid Hormones


    Chapter 3: Finding a Thyroid Doctor


    Asking the Right Questions


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