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How tall is too tall? On the ethics of oestrogen treatment for tall girls
  1. P Louhiala
  1. Correspondence to:
 Pekka Louhiala
 Vuorikatu 17 as 3, 13100 Hämeenlinna, Finland; pekka.louhiala{at}


Oestrogen treatment for girls, to prevent psychosocial problems due to extreme tallness, has been available for almost 50 years but uncertainty about its position prevails. The ethical problems of this treatment are focused on in this paper. After a brief overview on historical and medical aspects, ethical issues such as the general justification of oestrogen treatment, evaluation of its success and ethical concerns related to research in this subject are dealt with in detail.

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