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Normal at any cost : tall girls, short boys, and the medical industry's quest to manipulate height

Author: Susan Cohen; Christine Cosgrove
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Two science journalists examine the fascinating history of medical science's flawed attempts to manipulate height and the ethics involved. They also tell the story of the boys and girls themselves, many of them now grown, who were subjected to a wide range of non-FDA-approved medical procedures. These treatments which consisted of extreme doses of estrogen, pituitary glands taken from both animals and human  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Cohen; Christine Cosgrove
ISBN: 9781585426836 1585426830
OCLC Number: 231579513
Notes: APPE gift.
Description: x, 405 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "Tallness can be a real handicap for a girl" --
Playing God with hormones --
Two girls, two continents --
"A gland lost is a gland wasted" --
"No patient seems to have caught anything" --
"Soon, very soon ..." --
"Only Genentech is not in mourning" --
Dear parent --
"Never before in the history of medicine" --
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence --
Friendly fire --
A disease is born --
Now what?
Responsibility: Susan Cohen and Christine Cosgrove.
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Two science journalists examine the fascinating history of medical science's flawed attempts to manipulate height and the ethics involved. They also tell the story of the boys and girls themselves, many of them now grown, who were subjected to a wide range of non-FDA-approved medical procedures. These treatments which consisted of extreme doses of estrogen, pituitary glands taken from both animals and human cadavers, and testosterone injections often had disastrous side effects.

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