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Effects of Communicable Diseases on Thyroid Gland.

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By OLESEN ROBERT. , Surgeon, United States Public Health Service (Public Health Reports. , November16 , 1928., (No. 46) ).

Ann Intern Med. 1929;2(10):1113-1114. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-2-10-1113_2
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Infections and intoxications have long been believed to constitute etiological factors in the production of goiter. Many English observers, notably McGarrison, have relegated iodine to a minor etiological rôle. He considers goiter to be an infectious waterborne disease, the exciting cause of which is an organism belonging to the colon group. Crotti also strongly supports the infectious origin of simple goiter, holding that it is due to an organism of the trypanosoma type. Most Americans regard simple goiter as a deficiency disease. Investigations by Olesen and Taylor among school children in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the State of Connecticut failed to


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