Research on iodine deficiency and goiter in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

@article{Zimmermann2008ResearchOI,
  title={Research on iodine deficiency and goiter in the 19th and early 20th centuries.},
  author={Michael Zimmermann},
  journal={The Journal of nutrition},
  year={2008},
  volume={138 11},
  pages={2060-3}
}
In 1811, Courtois noted a violet vapor arising from burning seaweed ash and Gay-Lussac subsequently identified the vapor as iodine, a new element. The Swiss physician Coindet, in 1813, hypothesized the traditional treatment of goiter with seaweed was effective because of its iodine content and successfully treated goitrous patients with iodine. Two decades later, the French chemist Boussingault, working in the Andes Mountains, was the first to advocate prophylaxis with iodine-rich salt to… CONTINUE READING