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November 18, 1939

Short Stature and Height Increase

JAMA. 1939;113(21):1906-1907. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800460060035

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The title is intriguing but may lead the man of short stature, to whom this book is addressed, to expect far more than the author can deliver. The author does not promise in the various chapters to increase the height of the individual but points out the various factors that may produce an illusion of increased height. The book is interestingly and simply written and presents the various factors responsible for growth. Inheritance, the mechanism of growth and all the factors as glands, food, sleep, age and disease are discussed in their relationship to growth. The author then tells of the folly of using highly advertised self-prescribed drugs and devices to bring about an increase in height. There is a brief but excellent discussion of the little faith that should be placed on weight tables based on age and height. The main thesis of the book is that posture is

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