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From prophylaxis to atomic cocktail: circulation of radioiodine

AuthorsSantesmases, María Jesús
Junta de Energía Nuclear
Gregorio Marañón
US-Spanish diplomatic relations
Issue Date2009
PublisherUniversidad de Granada
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche
Universidad de Granada
CitationDynamis. Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam vol. 29: 337-363 (2009)
AbstractThis paper is a history of iodine. To trace the trajectory of this element, goiter is used as a guideline for the articulation of a historical account, as a representation of thyroid disorders and of the spaces of knowledge and practices related to iodine. Iodine’s journey from goiter treatment and prophylaxis in the late interwar period took on a new course after WWII by including the element’s radioactive isotopes. I intend to show how the introduction of radioiodine contributed to stabilize the epistemic role of iodine, in both its non-radioactive and radioactive form, in thyroid gland studies and in the treatment of its disorders.
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