The nine-year-old boy was so poorly treated he developed a condition called psychosocial dwarfism.
"He was extremely short at the age of nine and significantly shorter than his six year old brother, for which the most likely diagnosis is psychosocial dwarfism.
For many years, endocrinologists and psychiatrists have been fascinated by children with 'psychosocial dwarfism' whose growth in stature is impaired, often to a dramatic degree, consequent to serious abuse or neglect.
In this book, he competently reviews the existing literature, setting it within the context of an historical account of Kaspar Hauser, whose story introduces and concludes the discussion of clinical material about psychosocial dwarfism. Kaspar Hauser was found at the Haller Gate of the city of Nuremberg in 1828, carrying a written note that suggested he was 16 years of age.
However, if this treatment is given to children with psychosocial dwarfism, it does not work: they do not grow any faster.