Growth hormone deficiency was probably responsible for the small size of midget Tiny Earles -- sitting in the lap of 8-foot-9 inch giant James Tarver in this 1926 photograph.

(Bettman Archives)


Today synthesized growth hormones can be prescribed for apparent growth deficiency.

There is considerable scientific discussion on the use of this hormone to control aging and other factors. Google "growth hormone."

Recent research finds growth hormone also being produced by the hippocampus, as well as the pituitary.

Tue Sep 16, 10:11 AM ET

He Pingping from Inner Mongolia, China's autonomous region, the world's smallest man sits underneath Svetlana Pankratova from Russia, the Queen of Longest Legs, as they pose at Trafalgar Square in London, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008. Pingping, born with primordial dwarfism, holds the Guiness World Record for the smallest man at 74.61 cms (2 feet and 5.37 inches) and Pankratova holds the Guiness World Record for the longest leg of any woman at 132 cms (4 feet 4 inches) in length.
(AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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