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I. Banerjee

and P.E. Clayton


July 30, 2015: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.


Physiology of puberty—expanded discussion.

Precocious puberty—discussion of GnRHa treatment.

Three new figures added.

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date: 27 September 2021

Puberty is characterized by well-defined physical changes as a child moves from the prepubertal state through the stages of puberty to full sexual development. The outward signs usually develop over 3 to 5 years, with significant variation both in the age that puberty starts and the pace at which development proceeds....

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