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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-8

Academic heterogeneity: A tale of management of thyrotoxicosis across textbooks - A bibliometric review

1 Department of Pharmacology, BPS GMC For Women, Khanpur Kalan, Sonepat, India
2 Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital and BRIDE, Karnal, Haryana, India
3 Department of Pharmacology, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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Garima Bhutani
Department of Pharmacology, BPS GMC For Women, Khanpur Kalan, Sonepat, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-0354.168898

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Objectives: The aim of this communication is to assess whether the information about the management of thyrotoxicosis and thyrotoxic crisis as given in standard endocrinology, thyroidology and pharmacology textbooks is similar and concordant with each other. Methods: Three standard textbooks of endocrinology, one of diabetology and four of pharmacology were assessed for the published information regarding treatment of thyrotoxicosis and thyrotoxic crisis. Attention was given to the drugs used, their dose and prescribing frequency. Results: Various omissions and contradictions were found in the coverage of drugs used for thyrotoxicosis treatment in standard textbooks. Information about carbimazole, radio contrast media, cholestyramine, and lithium is missing in many of these texts. There were certain discrepancies in the doses of the drugs as is given in different textbooks. This is especially true in case of methimazole, propylthiouracil, and dexamethasone. Conclusions: This article stresses upon the need of homogeneity in different textbooks for providing adequate and accurate knowledge to physicians and students regarding frequency and dose of the drugs used in treatment of thyrotoxicosis and thyrotoxic crisis.

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