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August 28, 1948


Author Affiliations

Pediatrician-in-Chief, Henry Ford Hospital Detroit

JAMA. 1948;137(18):1587-1589. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.82890520006007

Most of the "problems" which bring the average parent of the adolescent to the physician are problems only to the extent that the parent fails to appreciate what normally should be expected at this age, and how wide is the time range within which may take place the events terminating skeletal growth and the attainment of sexual maturity. The mother who is concerned because her daughter is larger or smaller than her companions of the same age seems unaware that chronologic age is no measure at all of the events of this period, but that now there is being forced on us an assessment of normal progress in terms of physiologic age; that each person will have his own inherited time schedule and that his progress in growth must be measured against the yardstick of his sexual maturing. An attempt to compare the growth progress of a schoolroom of 13

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