Methodological limitations of an etiological framing of Ariarathes' goitre: Response to Tekiner et al.

F. M. Galassi, R. Gelsi

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Abstract

In a recent article published in this journal, Tekiner et al. [1] presented a most interesting example of retrospective diagnosis based on the recognition of a pathological trait in artistic representations. King Ariarathes IV Eusebes of Cappadocia is diagnosed with goitre using a coin minted in the 33rd year of his reign on whose obverse the king’s neck shows a dramatically enlarged anterior compartment. While the proposed diagnosis is undoubtedly correct and highly suggestive of thyroid pathology, we would like to point out that a stylized representation of the king’s traits may not be enough to venture into the field of aetiology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Endocrinological Investigation
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2015
Externally publishedYes

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