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Identifies the personal and intimate relationship between medical practice and those who have been affected by various types of dwarfism. The author explores both the problems faced and the progress made in the development of scientific and medical aspects, as well as the personal struggles and achievements of those who have these rare conditions. An excellent study. -- Charles I. Scott, M.D., Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Nemours Foundation This book is extraordinary. It goes beyond descriptive listings of dwarfism diagnoses, treatments, and organizations to provide personal profiles and divergent opinions of doctors, dwarfs, and parents throughout the world and through the ages. The comprehensive research presents medical and social issues that excite and dismay. It stimulates the desire to read every word and to continue the search for answers to the questions that remain unanswered. -- C. Angela Van Etten, Little People of America; author of Dwarfs Don't Live in Doll Houses

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Betty M. Adelson spent most of her career as a psychologist in private practice. She was formerly on the counseling staffs of Queens College and New York University's School of Education. She is the author of a cultural history, The Lives of Dwarfs: Their Journey from Public Curiosity toward Social Liberation.


A great leap forward for the social and cultural condition of dwarfism. -- Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression Newsday Adelson presents tactful techniques and definite guidance, including what not to do. -- Michael A. Schmidt, MD, PhD JAMA One of the best, most thorough overviews published on dwarfism and related topics. -- Gad B. Kletter, M.D. New England Journal of Medicine I strongly recommend this book: its insights are unique, and it should prove of value to affected individuals, their families, and the healthcare professionals participating in their care. -- David E. Sandberg American Journal of Human Biology

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