Renewal of the Goiter Inquiry
In a previous letter, I referred to the researches carried out last year, particularly at Utrecht and at Middelburg, on the effects of the drinking water of cities on the appearance of goiter. The experiments cited had been far from conclusive. The Conseil central d'hygiène has decided to continue its systematic study of the goiter problem and has recently appointed two commissions to take charge of the further investigations. The first of these commissions is composed of chemists and hydrologists, the chairman being Mr. Kannink, president of the Office central des distributions d'eau. The second commission is of a medicohygienic character and is under the chairmanship of Dr. Josephus Jitta, president of the Conseil d'hygiène. The latter commission has begun an inquiry throughout the Netherlands to determine the total number of goiter cases, in order to have at the start a definite basis for discussion.