Chemistry of the iodine compounds of the thyroid

  • C. R. Harington
Part of the Fortschritte der Chemie Organischer Naturstoffe book series (FORTCHEMIE (closed), volume 2)


The outstanding anatomical feature of the thyroid gland is its peculiar arrangement of spheroidal vesicles, enclosed (in the normal organ) by a single layer of flattened epithelium, and filled with a jelly-like substance, the so-called “colloid”. The amount of this colloid varies very considerably with pathological alterations of the gland; since such alterations involve abnormalities of the bodily functions which are under thyroid control it is not surprising that the recognition of the essentially chemical nature of the mechanism through which this control is exercised should have directed attention to the colloid as the probable source of the active secretion.


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