Historical aspects of iodine deficiency control.

Last updated on 22-11-2022 by Anonymous (not verified)

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In 1895, iodine was characterized as an essential element of thyroid tissue by Baumann. The efficacy of iodine to prevent goiter was demonstrated by Marine in Northern USA in 1916-1920. Severe endemic goiter and cretinism had been almost entirely eliminated from continental Western Europe and Northern America before the 1930’s; however large populations elsewhere and even some places in Western Europe (Sicily) were still affected up to the 2000’s. Public health consequences of iodine deficiency are not limited to endemic goiter and cretinism. Iodine deficiency disorders include also increas…

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