UW Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences: Preventing Endemic Goiter

© Photographed August 1, 2015
Erected April 2001 by UW Foundation
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin
43° 4.538′ N, 89° 24.94′ W

University of Wisconsin Madison
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

In regions distant from oceans, goiter once was a common disease of humans and animals. Goiter, manifested through an enlarged thyroid gland, is caused by a deficiency of iodine in the diet. University of Wisconsin biochemists Edwin B. Hart and Harry Steenbock in 1917 confirmed the cause of goiter. In 1939, Hart and his associates developed a process to stabilize added iodine in table salt. This provided an inexpensive and universal means to prevent goiter.
The marker is located in an open field, adjacent to a walkway, on northbound Linden Drive, directly across the road from the Horse Barn, Madison, Wisconsin 53706.

NOTE: Driving around and parking at the UW-Madison campus can be harrowing. Be sure to check the Google Map (above) and campus maps (below) before heading out.

UW-Madison Map and Parking

Historical Markers Highlight Accomplishments At UW-Madison AG College (Thursday, April 12th, 2001)

NOTE: This is an unusually-placed marker. The marker faces an open space, with its back to the roadway, and there is no legal parking near the marker location. See photos below.

Click here for a list of all markers located on the UW-Madison campus.

View from Linden Drive of the back of the marker.

The Horse Barn is directly across Linden Drive.

Men with goiters (1819)
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 A woman, probably from inland of Norway,
with goiter, probably due to iodine deficiency.
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The marker is located on the UW Madison campus.

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