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GOITER PROPHYLAXIS WHERE THE INCIDENCE OF GOITER IS LOW

JAMA. 1926;87(22):1832. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680220048013.
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Ever since the discovery of the widespread occurrence of simple or endemic goiter in this country among persons of adolescent age, and the demonstration of the prophylactic advantage that minute doses of iodine afford where the thyroid involvement is common, goiter prevention has become a public health project. There is always a danger that interest in new hygienic or therapeutic measures may lead to extremes of practice. Our population is peculiarly prone to overenthusiasm, which in turn may react unfavorably and unjustly against even the best of purposes. Goiter prophylaxis has, quite properly, won speedy acceptance as a desideratum in public health activities. It remains to be ascertained, however, whether the preventive measures already instituted in many places throughout the United States are justifying the expectations of their sponsors; likewise whether, on the one hand, goiter prophylaxis is being introduced with sufficient thoroughness and wherever it is really needed, or,

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