Normal at Any Cost, 2009 Book by Susan Cohen

Tall Girls, Short Boys, and the Medical Industry’s Quest to Manipulate Height

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Normal at Any Cost” is the story, told decade by decade, of medical attempts to tinker with one inherited characteristic: height. It reveals the way drug companies redefined normal in order to expand markets, and how the best motives and worst motives combined to result in widespread experimentation on children. We think the temptations to tamper with heredity are just beginning.

Susan Cohen‘s book tells the horrible story of drug use to adjust the height of adolescent boys and girls who were threatening to be short, or tall, adults. DES was prescribed to prevent girls from growing “too tall.”

Sources and book reviews

  • At What Height, Happiness? A Medical Tale, DES Action.
  • Normal at Any Cost: Tall Girls, Short Boys, and the Medical Industry’s Quest to Manipulate Height, N Engl J Med 2009.
  • Read reviews on Amazon and GoodReads.
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