goiter belt

goiter belt

Endocrinology A popular term for an inland region of the US, encompassing the Great Lakes, Midwest, and intermountain regions, where goiter was once common, as diet was based primarily on foods grown on iodine-depleted soil, which triggered the development of goiter. See Colloid nodular goiter.
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A similar cretinism is the cause of a high death rate among lambs, calves, colts, and puppies in our American goiter belts.
that has ever been developed, with the result that now literally hundreds of schools, not merely in the goiter belts around the Great Lakes and in the Mississippi Valley but all over the United States, wherever a careful study of the school children has shown a high percentage of goiter, are attacking the goiter problem with iodine with most encouraging results both as to health and scholarship.