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Since iodine metabolism affords useful information in the study of endocrine problems, this monograph will be of interest to surgeons, physiologists, pharmacologists, biochemists, and experts in nutrition. The subject matter has been presented under the following headings: I. Iodine Balance and Endocrine Balance; II. Iodine Stores in Body Tissues; III. Iodine Compounds of Biological Importance; IV. Circulating Iodine; V. Thyroid Activity; VI. Endocrine Balance; VII. Iodine and the Pituitary-Ovarian Axis; VIII. Neurological Influence; IX. Iodine Balance; X. Radioactive Iodine; XI. Clinical Problems; XII. Appendix for Laboratory Workers.
Many recent developments have been incorporated, among which are the following: radioactive iodine in man and animals; radioiodine and the new element No. 85 in studies of nutrition and goiter; the beneficial effect of iodized albumin in human myxedema; new blood iodine fractions (P, T, D, and I) in clinical thyroid disease; and the latest reports on the chemical properties of thyroglobulin. The Appendix contains in convenient form a series of tried analytical procedures which have been adapted to everyday problems.