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September 16, 1939

La puberté: Etude clinique et physiopathologique

JAMA. 1939;113(12):1157. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800370073040

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This is one of those French symposiums which contain contributions by a number of reporters, some leading in the profession, others relatively unknown, some expert and some inexpert, some with literary ability and some with none. Puberty is considered here largely from a physical standpoint, though there is one chapter devoted to the psychologic problem of puberty. Such physical disorders as glandular changes, cutaneous reactions both normal and pathologic, obesity and sexual changes are discussed in rather satisfactory chapters. There is some discussion of tuberculosis and diseases of the eye, but the whole volume is not so well systematized that every possible disorder of puberty is covered and some are dismissed disproportionately to their significance. A particular example of this is an extensive report on exophthalmic goiter, which is given much more space than the number of hyperthyroid children found in the population would deserve. Since the chief problems of

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