Surgical Diseases of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands

  • Barbara Kinder

Abstract

As Olshansky et al. pointed out,1 senescence is the product of evolutionary neglect, not design. The laws of natural selection favor those whose genetic makeup ensures that they survive long enough to reproduce successfully. Expression of other, also genetically linked traits that emerge after reproductive age (certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis) are not susceptible to evolutionary pressure. Thus medical and technologic advances have permitted more people to reach and move beyond the reproductive age into senescence, where they encounter disabling and life-threatening diseases that have escaped evolutionary scrutiny. A major challenge for geriatric medicine includes the recognition, treatment, and ultimately prevention of these processes to provide an acceptable quality of life for aging citizens.

Keywords

Thyroid Hormone Thyroid Nodule Parathyroid Gland Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Primary Hyperparathyroidism 
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