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Books, Journals, New Media
June 22/29, 2005

Thyroidology

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(24):3107-3112. doi:10.1001/jama.293.24.3108

The thyroid gland was not identified as a discrete entity until the Renaissance. Aulus Cornelius Celsus first described a bronchocoele (a type of neck mass) in AD 15. Around that time Pliny referred to epidemics of goiter in the Alps and mentioned burnt seaweed, used by the Chinese to treat goiter at least 1600 years before. In 1856 Thomas Wharton named the gland. Thyroid means shield in Greek, and the gland’s shape resembles shields commonly used in ancient Greece.

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