VHI61 Goiter

Quis tumidum guttur miratur in Alpibus?

Goiter is an ancient disease that has always been more common in some places than in others. Chinese writings show that goiter was known at least by the third century B.C. (Lee 1941) and possibly earlier (Needham et al. 1970). When Juvenal (Deci-mus Junius Juvenalis), the Roman satirist, wrote, about A.D. 127, "Who is amazed at a swollen neck in the Alps?" he knew that goiter was so much more common there than elsewhere that it should be no surprise.

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