#938 Eight foot high and counting – Bob Wadlow

Robert Wadlow (Born Robert Pershing Wadlow on 22 February 1918 – died 15 July 1940) is the tallest person in medical history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. He is often known as the “Alton Giant” because he was born in Alton, Illinois

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Robert Wadlow reached 8 feet 11.1 inches (272 cm) in height and weighed 490 pounds (220 kg) at his death. His great size and his continued growth in adulthood was due to hypertrophy of his pituitary gland which results in an abnormally high level of human growth hormone. He showed no indication of an end to his growth even at the time of his death.  He is an hourglass temperament type and his chart sorrowfully depicts his thwarted ambitions:  at his death he was studying for the law.


The No. 938 like all posts so numbered refer to the Jones 1000 in the Sabian Symbols.


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