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Male precocious puberty described in literature of the Spanish Golden Age


Aristotle was the first author who described the existence of abnormalities in the timing of human puberty. In the classic Greek-Roman period, Pliny the Elder and Phlegon of Tralles described the first individual cases of precocious puberty in children. During the Middle Ages, precocious puberty in the male (but not in the female) was ignored. We present what is, to our knowledge, the first full description in European literature of male precocious puberty and its consequences in an adult. This case is included in a book of the miscellaneous genre of Spanish Renaissance literature (Jardin de Flores Curiosas) written by Antonio de Torquemada in the sixteenth century.

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Amado Señaris, J.A., Amado Diago, C.A. Male precocious puberty described in literature of the Spanish Golden Age. Hormones (2020).

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  • Precocious puberty
  • Torquemada
  • Spanish Golden Age literature