By Susan Cohen,Christine Cosgrove
most folks infrequently take into consideration their top past a bit wishing and hoping. yet for the oldsters of youngsters who're ridiculed through their friends for being terribly tall or terribly brief, peak could cause nice suffering. for many years, the scientific institution has answered to those concerns by means of prescribing debatable remedies and remedies for kids who fall outdoors of the ?normal? peak variety. whereas a few have benefited, many have suffered from devastating facet effects.
during this riveting publication, Susan Cohen and Christine Cosgrove supply a voice for the fogeys, medical professionals, scientists, and pharmaceutical businesses excited by those experimental remedies. in addition they inform the tale of the men and ladies themselves, lots of them now grown, who have been subjected to quite a lot of non-FDA-approved scientific systems. those remedies? which consisted of utmost doses of estrogen, pituitary glands taken from either animals and human cadavers, and testosterone injections?often had disastrous part effects.
who's to assert how tall is just too tall, and the way brief is simply too brief? for lots of of the members represented during this e-book, the solutions were clear?and they're thankful to the clinical for bettering upon nature. For others, left within the wake of this comparable technology, the solutions are fueled by means of tragic remorse. The authors discover the dueling causes in the back of those strategies? with mom and dad desirous to aid their little ones ?fit in? and medical professionals and scientists hungry for clinical breakthroughs. Combining broad learn and in-depth interviews, Normal at Any Cost is the 1st booklet to put a human face in this complicated and ethically charged scientific history.