Pediatrics: Deprivation Dwarfism

Unhappy home conditions can cause not only mental retardation in children but stunted physical growth as well.

This syndrome only recently achieved the distinction of a medical name — deprivation dwarfism. To treat its victims doctors simply take them away from their homes — and it appears that even the institutional tenderness of a hospital can snap emotionally starved youngsters into a spurt of growth.

Doctors do not yet understand the meaning of this resurgence, and only now have two Philadelphia radiologists laid to rest one nagging medical fear.

In normal babies,...

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