© 2007

When Puberty is Precocious

Scientific and Clinical Aspects

  • Ora H. Pescovitz
  • Emily C. Walvoord

Part of the Contemporary Endocrinology book series (COE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Neuroendocrine Control of Puberty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sabine Heger, Sergio R. Ojeda
      Pages 3-33
    3. Tony M. Plant
      Pages 35-50
    4. Dennis M. Styne, Melvin M. Grumbach
      Pages 51-81
    5. Craig A. Hodges, Mark R. Palmert
      Pages 83-102
  3. Secular Trends and the Onset of Puberty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Marcia E. Herman-Giddens
      Pages 105-136
    3. Paul Kaplowitz
      Pages 137-150
    4. Peter A. Lee, Christopher P. Houk
      Pages 151-165
  4. Isolated Breast Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Linda A. DiMeglio, Adda Grimberg
      Pages 169-188
    3. Samar N. Rahhal, John S. Fuqua
      Pages 189-214
  5. Adrenal Abnormalities and Puberty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Alicia Belgorosky, María Sonia Baquedano, Gabriela Guercio, Marco A. Rivarola
      Pages 217-245
    3. Dyanne A. Wilson, Wayne S. Cutfield, Paul L. Hofman
      Pages 247-266
    4. Lenore S. Levine, Sharon E. Oberfield, Lauren Antler
      Pages 267-284
    5. Selma Feldman Witchel
      Pages 285-308
  6. Gonadotropin-Dependent Precocious Puberty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-329

About this book


When puberty is precocious is a question in and of itself. The possibility that puberty is st starting earlier in children of the 21 century has become a contentious topic during the past few years. It has received much attention in the medical literature as well as the lay press. As research methods and interpretation of data vary between the studies that have attempted to resolve this issue, we are pleased to present the reader with three very different approaches to addressing the same question. We are thrilled to have experts in the field of basic science share the most up-to-date understanding of the mechanisms involved in the complicated interplay of factors that initiate puberty in different species. Also reviewed in the book are the many fascinating causes of precocity and new observations regarding the influence of the in utero environment and the affect of adoption from a developing country on pubertal timing. We have also included cutting edge discussions of endocrine disruptors, and the often overlooked psychosocial ramifications of precocious puberty. We believe that this book will be useful to primary care providers as well as specialists who deal with issues regarding abnormalities of puberty and reproduction. The topics covered in these chapters will provide the reader with a solid understanding of the diverse and fascinating causes of precocious puberty and different treatment options.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ora H. Pescovitz
    • 1
  • Emily C. Walvoord
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Pediatrics and Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Riley Hospital for ChildrenIndiana University School of MedicineIndianapolis
  2. 2.Section of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology, Department of Pediatrics, Riley Hospital for ChildrenIndiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title When Puberty is Precocious
  • Book Subtitle Scientific and Clinical Aspects
  • Editors Ora H. Pescovitz
    Emily C. Walvoord
  • Series Title Contemporary Endocrinology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 2007
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-58829-742-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-61737-752-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59745-499-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 459
  • Number of Illustrations 61 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pediatrics
    Internal Medicine
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
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From the reviews:

"...succeeds in presenting a wide range of topics involved in the onset of puberty from many different perspectives." -Doody's Book Review, Weighted Numerical Score: 88 - 3 Stars

"When Puberty Is Precocious cogently presents both facts and speculations about whether children today are entering puberty earlier than children did in the past. …The authors include many experts in clinical research and basic science. … the book reads well and is organized in a way that makes it a valuable reference tool, and the references cited in the chapters are extensive. When Puberty Is Precocious will be appreciated by primary care physicians as well as pediatric endocrinologists." (Karen O. Klein, The New England Journal of Medicine, December, 2007)

"This monograph belongs to well known Contemporary Endocrinology Series … . It appears useful not only for all pediatricians, especially for those specialized in pediatric endocrinology or pediatric gynecology, but also for gynecologists, psychologists and possibly also for pedagogists dealing with the education of adolescents. However, considerable number of information could be find in this monograph also by physiologists, pathophysiologists and general endocrinologists. … excellent editorial work which considerably helps to the reader to percept and understand individual problems discussed by the authors." (Endocrine Regulations, February, 2008)