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The treatment of obesity

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Summary

The inconsistencies of the caloric and psychogenic interpretation of obesity are pointed out.

Different treatment is needed by patients who overindulge in food and those who do not overeat. The first group requires education or psychotherapy and occasionally, help by sedation and amphetamine.

The metabolic causes of an increased appetite should be investigated and corrected.

If the food intake is not excessive, evidence of an endocrine disorder, especially a functional deficiency of the pituitary should be looked for.

A treatment is outlined, consisting of moderate dietary restrictions and the use of thyroid, mild diuretics and pituitary extracts.

Evidence for the value of pituitary therapy is reviewed.

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Correspondence to Max Goldzieher M.D..

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From the Endocrine Clinic, St. Clare’s Hospital, New York City.

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Goldzieher, M. The treatment of obesity. Jour. D. D. 15, 289–294 (1948). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03001404

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Keywords

  • Basal Metabolic Rate
  • Pituitary Extract
  • Specific Dynamic Action
  • Thyroid Medication
  • Thyroid Extract