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March 23, 1918


JAMA. 1918;70(12):848-849. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600120028013

In view of the widespread distribution of simple goiter in the United States as well as in those countries which have been the classic localities of thyroid enlargement in considerable portions of the population, it is rather surprising that so little attention has been paid to the subject. The hopeful aspect of the goiter problem lies in the fact that the malady is almost always easily avertible. The magnitude of the incidence of thyroid enlargement in man is indicated by the suggestive investigations which Marine and Kimball1 of Western Reserve University have conducted in the interest of the Committee on Therapeutic Research of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association. In a complete census of the condition of the thyroid gland in girls from the fifth to the twelfth grades of the school population of a large community at the southern edge of the Great