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September 30, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(14):1088-1089. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740390046020

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Goiter in the Netherlands  The international bureau of hygiene has published a report by Dr. Josephus Jitta on the incidence of goiter in the Netherlands. Research on the incidence of goiter among recruits, carried out by Dr. Brand in 1917, showed that 6 per cent of 45,000 recruits were affected. He found that goiter was almost nonexistent among recruits from the provinces of the North but that it was frequent in the provinces of Utrecht and Gelderland and presented an intermediate condition in the other provinces. In 1918 a research carried out in several cities among the grammar school children, notably in Utrecht, Breda, Leeuwarden and Middelburg, showed that goiter developed respectively in 66, 60, 35 and 17 per cent of the school children. A special commission was appointed to institute an inquiry. Endemic goiter does not, however, constitute an imminent danger for the public health. The disease should receive

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