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May 7, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(19):1485. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680450029015

Whenever a new discovery is recorded in the scientific world, the danger of improper or unwise exploitation soon looms ahead. The realization of the importance of a supply of iodine for proper thyroid development and function presently encouraged all sorts of attempts to supply the lacking element, particularly in those regions where shortage might be expected to occur. As a consequence iodized salt, iodized drinking water and iodized foods of various sorts were offered for use and exploited with an ardor not entirely devoid of potential dangers of overmedication. There is not only a possibility under such conditions of ingestion of iodine in quantities that may actually be detrimental to some persons rather than universally beneficial, but also the likelihood that the indefiniteness of such dosage methods may fail to secure the ideal therapeutic effects in persons actually in need of the material. Hence The Journal has tended to advocate