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February 13, 1937


JAMA. 1937;108(7):544-546. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780070028008

Of 124 letters and cards requesting reprints of and/or making comments about a recent paper1 on giantism, seventy-one informed me of a remarkable schoolboy giant at Alton, Ill. This giant has received much newspaper and magazine publicity; my clippings about and photographs of him, over a period of eight years, fill two large scrapbooks. But the popular accounts of his height vary so much in stating his dimensions that their accuracy was questionable. I recorded the following history and measurements at his home, June 2, 1936:

R. W., a white youth, single, aged 18 years 3 1/3 months, is just completing the first semester of his freshman year in college. He is a preacromegalic giant, 8 feet 3 1/4 inches (252 cm.) tall, of phenomenal size, molded on a vast scale, colossal and stupendous in bulk, truly Gargantuan in all his proportions, and symmetrically built. His family home is

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