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December 1959

Evaluation of Abnormal Stature in the Adolescent and Young Adult

Author Affiliations

Columbia, Mo.

From the Department of Medicine, University of Missouri Medical Center.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;104(6):930-948. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270120086013

Stature is perhaps the simplest physical dimension of man to measure, yet the physiological processes involved in its attainment are among the most complex and poorly understood. This state of affairs can be ignored by the physician until he is confronted with a person who has failed to achieve satisfactory height or who has grown excessively tall. The physician then must decide if indeed an abnormality exists and, if so, what is its basis. The report that follows is concerned with the methods of investigation, results obtained, and diagnoses made in the study of such persons during the past four years.

Subjects  Patients whose cases are contained in this report were adolescents or adults in whom abnormality of stature was either the chief complaint or a significant feature of the patient's illness, with one exception. Nine had abnormally short stature, or dwarfism; this group included 4 men and 5 women,