In this chapter the word “puberty” will be used as a collective term embracing all those morphological and physiological changes which occur in the growing boy or girl as the gonads change from their infantile to their adult state. These changes involve nearly all the organs and structures of the body. They do not begin at the same age or take the same length of time to reach completion in all individuals. Also, the order in which different structures begin to undergo their adolescent change varies from one subject to another. Puberty is not complete until the individual has the physical capacity to conceive and successfully rear children.


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  1. 1.Department of Human SciencesLoughborough UniversityLoughborough, LeicestershireEngland

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