Gigantism and acromegaly, 19th century

Gigantism and acromegaly, 19th century

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Caption: Gigantism and acromegaly, 19th-century artwork of a profile view of the acromegalic giant Jean-Pierre Mazas (1847–1901) who reached a height of 2.30 metres. He was known as 'the giant of Montastruc', and lived in Monastruc, Haute-Garonne, France. Acromegaly (increased size of hands, feet and face) and gigantism (excessive growth) are conditions that are both caused by pituitary gland defects causing an excess secretion of growth hormones. Artwork from the 15th volume (first period of 1895) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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