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July 1956

Sexual Precocity.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;98(1):122. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250250128022

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This interesting book is an account of the author's personal experience in the field, comprising 69 cases, preceded by a classification and discussion of sexual precocity and review of the literature. The author sets the upper limit of precocity at 10 years, for both boys and girls.

The first 96 pages of the book are devoted to a discussion of the various types of sexual precocity. These are classified as (1) cerebral, the commonest type (43 cases), which includes constitutional precocious puberty; (2) adrenal (9 cases); (3) gonadal (3 cases), and (4) miscellaneous (14 cases). Each type is discussed thoroughly as to pathogenesis, symptoms, treatment, and prognosis. The differential diagnosis between the various types is covered. This section is followed by a complete bibliography on the subject.

The last 151 pages are devoted to a documentation of the 69 cases the author has seen. The cases are well-described and documented

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