Summary of “A Precocious Puberty Case: I Went Through Puberty at Age 2”

My parents had been anticipating it, my father especially, having had precocious puberty himself.
A decade before the Lincoln assassination, in the 1854 edition of a long-defunct publication called The Eclectic Medical Journal, Stone wrote one of the first medical accounts of a boy with familial male-limited precocious puberty.
I at once declared my incredulity, for his height and robust development seemed those of a child at least six years older than the age he mentioned If the child’s face is concealed, the examiner would declare his figure to be that of a miniature man, perfectly developed, and at least twenty-one years of age I may observe that the father presented extreme precocity, having experienced his first sexual indulgence at the age of eight years delicacy forbids my detailing his prowess at that early age.
The goal of the drugs was to slow or even stop my pubertal development so I’d have a normal childhood and reach my “Target height.” For all their accelerated growth as kids, men with precocious puberty typically don’t get much taller than five feet.
Shame is an outgrowth of repression, and repression is my family’s prevailing mechanism for coping with the hardships of precocious puberty.
Proving the gods do have a sense of humor, infertility medicine is a subspecialty of endocrinology – the field that also studies familial male-limited precocious puberty.
Still, we never talked about precocious puberty or about the difficult years when we were at war.
“Look, I don’t know what kind of childhood you would’ve had without precocious puberty – maybe it would’ve been easier, maybe you would’ve been happier, who knows. What I do know is that it made you the person you are today. And that’s a person I love and admire very, very much. So do the test or don’t do the test, but just know that, if you have a son, and that son has precocious puberty, he’s going to be just fine. Hell, with you as a father, he’s going to be better than just fine. He’s going to thrive.”

The orginal article.