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Nicola Pende (1880-1970) and His "Big Lazy Children". Parable of a Clinical Syndrome

Liborio Dibattista

Abstract


In the first half of the twentieth century, more than a million young Italians were found affected by a new disease: the Pendes hyperthymic syndrome. Nicola Pende was the renowned clinician who wrote the first great Italian treatise of endocrinology and who later founded the sciences of biotypology and orthogenesis. The paper tells the parable of the syndrome, the story of big lazy children and their fate in radiation therapy for the greater glory of Roman Italic race.


Key words: Nicola Pende Endocrinology Pediatrics Hyperthymic syndrome


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