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Portrait of Paul Julius Moebius

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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