Saturday, 28 April 2012

Missing the point?

An interesting article on BBC News today about Frederick Kempster, a 'professional giant' from England who died in 1917. His longjohns are up for sale at auction, and the article looks at his unusual life - but completely fails to mention acromegaly or even the pituitary gland, noting only that Kempster suffered from "uncontrolled growth". This strikes me as a bit of a shame in a news story that has the potential to significantly raise awareness of acromegaly. I'm sure that plenty of people reading these articles who've never heard of the condition are wondering exactly what could cause someone to grow so tall, and it seems a shame that the journalist neglected to look into it.

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