Parry thought it was some sort of heart disease. A few years later Graves described 3 females with goiters and palpitations. A fourth patient had bug eyes. His findings were not well known on the continent. Basedow in 1840 described the same findings and was thought to be the first to describe the illness known now as Graves’ disease, or Basedow’s but really Parry was first.The disease was first thought to be a heart disease, then a nervous disease. The goiter was overlooked and for all of 19 th century it was not thought to be of thyroid origin.