Letters, Jan. 5, 1931


Sirs: A recent issue of your magazine contained an interesting account of the precocious physical and sexual development of an American boy. Rare as such a condition is, it is not altogether unheard of. There is a Greek description (Plegon. de Mirab. Cap. XXXII) of one who in the space of seven years was an infant, a youth, a mature person, an old man, married a wife, died, and left issue.

Pliny records (Nat. Hist. Lib. vii. -xxvii) a similar instance. A more detailed account of such a phenomenon is given in a curious tract...

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