January 1969

The Regulation of Thyroid Function in Iodine Deficiency.

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Iowa City


By H. Studer, MD, and M. A. Greer, MD. Price, not given. Pp 119, with 35 figures and 6 tables. Hans Huber Publishers, Bern, Switzerland, 1968.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(1):106. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300110108028

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Studer and Greer's book first appeared in German two years ago. Thus, the English edition is inevitably a little (but not seriously) dated. Progress in this field has not been spectacularly rapid in recent years. Since one would have expected the English version to have been written by Greer, it is rather surprising to find occasional unidiomatic passages which read like verbatim translations from German.

The book is an excellent account of the topic it covers; it is based predominantly on animal experiments done by the authors. This is in vivid contrast to the earlier book by Stanbury et al (Endemic Goiter: The Adaptation of Man to Iodine Deficiency, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1954), which was built around results obtained by Stanbury and his associates in studying iodine deficient people in South America. Studer and Greer's book also lacks anything comparable to Riggs' sophisticated mathematical treatment of observations which

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