Medicine: Young Giant of Japan

When his first son Yoshimitsu was born, Farmer Koji Matsuzaka of Shinshushinmachi, a small mountain town 160 miles northwest of Tokyo, boasted: "He will grow up to be a giant." The proud father did not know how close his prophecy would come to the truth. By the time Yoshimitsu entered senior high at 16, he towered 6 ft. 7 in. At this time he began to have blinding headaches and tired so easily that he spent most of his time lying at home on a tatami. School doctors diagnosed Yoshimitsu's trouble as a hormone imbalance, recommended that he see a specialist,...

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