Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics
Paul Julius Moebius and Goiter
Paul Julius Moebius was born in 1854 in Leipzig, Germany of a scientific family. He
studied theology, philosophy, and medicine to earn his Ph.D. and M.D. at the age of
23. He then enlisted in the army and reached the rank of senior staff surgeon before
returning to Leipzig and settling in practice as a neurologist and an Assistant at
the University Policlinic. In endocrinology, he is best known for postulating that
hypersecretion of the thyroid was linked to goiters. Following an early retirement
from academic life in 1893 until his death in 1907, Moebius remained known internationally
for his writings concerning endocrinology and neurophysiology.
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