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March 10, 1956

Growth at Adolescence

JAMA. 1956;160(10):919. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960450101028

This book organizes and summarizes an extraordinary wealth of concrete facts about the sequence of anatomic changes in pubescent boys and girls. Successive chapters deal with growth in height and weight, development of the reproductive systems, sex differences in physique arising at adolescence, the concept of physiological age, factors affecting the adolescent growth spurt, functional changes at adolescence, the endocrinology of adolescence, motor development, changes in mentality and behavior, and the adolescent growth spurt in animals. The author's skill and experience in biometry win the reader's confidence without any resort to impressive statistical jargon. An illustration of this is found in the preface, where an important distinction is made between the two ways of constructing growth curves. The course of growth in a group of people can be surmised, if the group is large and all ages are represented, by collecting a single set of measurements on each person. This

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