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November 19, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(21):1793-1794. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740730057025

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Goiter in Germany  Following reports from diverse regions of the German reich of an increased incidence of goiter since the war, the goiter question was thoroughly gone over in 1925 by the federal health council, with the collaboration of experts. The increased incidence of goiter in certain parts of Germany was confirmed and iodine prophylaxis recommended. As a basis for further measures, the assembling of statistics regarding school children was deemed necessary. Such statistics have been collected except in two of the smaller länder. Health officers and school physicians examined a large percentage of the total number of school children from 6 to 14 years of age in many regions, but in other places only small cross sections. The figures obtained must be used with caution, because, since the research extended in some instances to only a small number of school children, its uniformity was not assured and considerable play

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