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Biomedical and Endocrinological Aspects of Normal Growth and Development

  • Andrea Prader
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Abstract

As a pediatrician and clinician, I am preoccupied with abnormal growth and maturation and the study of causes and therapeutic possibilities of such abnormal situations. However, one cannot do this without becoming deeply interested in normal growth and maturation. Without knowledge of normal growth and development a precise and meaningful analysis of abnormal growth and maturation is not possible. Knowledge of the mechanisms regulating normal growth help us to recognise the causes of growth deficiencies. On the other hand, abnormal growth frequently represents — as I will demonstrate — an ‘experiment’ of Nature which permits a better insight into the control mechanisms of normal growth. Thus, there is an interaction and a crossfertilisation between studies of normal and studies of abnormal growth. For me, this crossfertilisation is the most exciting aspect of our work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Prader
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  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Zurich KinderspitalZurichSwitzerland

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