Medicine: Goiter Hint

The established theory is that goiter is due to lack of iodine in food & drink. Iodine stimulates the thyroid gland. In goiter the thyroid swells to compensate for its iodine insufficiency.

Dr. C. Alexander Hellwig, 42, of St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, Kan. doubted that theory. He had noted as had others that a diet low in iodine, high in calcium produced the most pronounced goiters. He believed there must be a positive cause for goitrous enlargement of the thyroid, probably calcium.

Wichita is an excellent place for goiter experiment. The region was archaically...

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