June 1940

Short Stature and Height Increase.

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By C. J. Gerling. Price, $3.00. Pp. 159. New York: Harvest House, 1939.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;65(6):1300-1301. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190120217019

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This book, written for the laity, is motivated by the thesis that the person who happens to be of short height is unfortunate in his contacts with other people. The author points out that the big man has the advantage in more ways than one over the short man. Furthermore, the short person feels that he is at a disadvantage and often is truculent and self assertive. The purpose of the book is to sketch how the person may overcome the handicap of short stature. Gerling suggests measures which may have some effect on the height of the adult. Although there is little that can be done to increase height, by maintaining a good posture, which is built up by exercises, the short person is able to take care of his defect to a certain extent. Also, such customs as wearing garments which give the appearance of height, elevating the

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