The Clark T. Sawin History Resource Center

The Clark T. Sawin History Resource Center is intended to be of primary benefit to the American Thyroid Association (ATA) as it supports and memorializes the work of Dr. Clark T. Sawin, a loyal and valued member of the ATA from 1972 - 2004. Dr. Sawin served as chair of the history and archives group for many years; as the presenter of the history vignette at ATA annual meetings from 1993 – 2003; and as president of the ATA 2003-2004. To acknowledge the importance of the ATA in Dr. Sawin's professional life and as a means of continuing his important work in history, his family established The Clark T. Sawin History Resource Center at the ATA.

0040 BC-11-18 07:47:57

0040 BC Burnt Seaweed for Treatment of Goiter

Pliny, Vitruvius, and Juvenal describe prevalence of goiter in the Alps and use of burnt seaweed for treatment.

0138-12-01 23:52:55

0138 AD Neck swelling following pregnancy

Greek physician, Soranus, mentions neck swelling following pregnancy

0300 BC-12-03 23:52:55

0300 BC Hindu Holy Text Discusses Goiter

Ayur Veda, Hindu holy text, discusses goiter

0340-12-01 23:52:55

0340 AD Seaweed recommended for treatment of goiter

Ko-Hung, Chinese alchemist, recommends seaweed for treatment of goiter among people living in mountains

0650-12-01 23:52:55

0650 AD Dried, powdered mollusc shells and chopped thyroid gland used for the treatment of goiter

Sun Ssu-Mo, a Chinese physician, uses dried, powdered mollusc shells and chopped thyroid gland for the treatment of goiter

0961-12-01 23:52:55

0961 AD First to describe thyroidectomy for goiter

Abul Kasim, personal physician to Caliph El-Hakin III of Codoba, is first to describe thyroidectomy for goiter and to perform a needle biopsy of the thyroid.

1170-12-01 23:52:55

1170 AD Seaweed used in the treatment of goiter

Roger of Salerno uses seaweed in the treatment of goiter

1200-12-01 23:52:55

1200 AD Marine sponges could be used to treat goiters of recent origin

Arnaldus de Villanova reports that marine sponges could be used to treat goiters of recent origin in the young

1475-12-01 23:52:55

1475 AD Treatment of goiter with minced thyroid.

Chinese physician, Wang Hei, recommends treatment of goiter with minced thyroid.

1500-12-03 23:52:55

1500 AD First Person to draw thyroid gland

Leonardo da Vinci is first person to recognize and draw the thyroid gland

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