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Author Cohen, Susan, 1948-
Title Normal at any cost : tall girls, short boys, and the medical industry's quest to manipulate height / Susan Cohen and Christine Cosgrove.
Imprint New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, [2009]

Author Cohen, Susan, 1948-
Subject Stature, Short -- Hormone therapy.
Stature, Tall -- Hormone therapy.
Body Height -- drug effects.
Dwarfism -- drug therapy.
Gigantism -- drug therapy.
Human Growth Hormone -- therapeutic use.
Alt Name Cosgrove, Christine, 1950-
Description x, 405 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 364-396) and index.
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?
Summary 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 injectionsoften had disastrous side effects.
ISBN 9781585426836
OCLC # 231579513
Table of Contents
Pt. 1Drug turns young amazons into beauties 
Ch. 1"Tallness Can Be a Real Handicap for a Girl"3
Ch. 2Playing God with Hormones17
Ch. 3Two Girls, Two Continents38
Pt. 2Helping the dwarfed children 
Ch. 4"A Gland Lost Is a Gland Wasted"57
Ch. 5"No Patient Seems to Have Caught Anything"84
Ch. 6"Soon. Very Soon ..."115
Pt. 3To market, to market . 
Ch. 7"Only Genentech Is Not in Mourning"137
Ch. 8Dear Parent ...166
Ch. 9"Never Before in the History of Medicine"191
Pt. 4Reckonings 
Ch. 10Absence of Evidence Is Not Evidence of Absence213
Ch. 11Friendly Fire236
Pt. 5$35,000 an inch - and growing 
Ch. 12A Disease Is Born269
Ch. 13Now What?306
 Conclusion: A New Normal?334

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