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["goiters and the associated idiocy in several countries. attempts of vincenzo malacarne from saluzzo". current interpretation of endemic cretinism].two hundred years ago v. malacarne pathologist and surgeon, born in saluzzo, a town on the foot of the cottian alps, published a booklet about goiter and endemic cretinism being diseases prevalent at that time in the countryside. in 1940-45 goiter epidemics spread through these still endemic regions. on the basis of his own observations on autoptic specimens he suggested that the main cause of cretinism was brain damage due to impeded blood circulation by the neck swelling, and invited the patho ...19892499748
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