Dwarfism By: Victoria Baker
Introduction to Dwarfism Dwarfism is a particular medical condition that is sometimes defined as an adult height of less than 4 feet 10 inches although this definition is problematic because short stature in itself is not a disorder.
Disorders that Cause Dwarfism Disorders that cause dwarfism may be classified according to one of hundreds of names, which are usually permutations of the following roots: • location • rhizomelic= root, for example, bones of the upper arm or thigh • mesomelic= middle, For example, bones of the forearm or lower leg • acromelic= end, for example, bones of hands and feet. • micromelic= entire limbs are shortened In art, literature, or movies, dwarfs are rarely depicted as "regular people who are very short" but rather as a species apart. Novelists, artists, and moviemakers may attach special moral or aesthetic significance to their "apartness" or misshapenness.
School Girl with Dwarfism This 13 year old girl stands barely 1 ½ feet. As her class mates tower over her.
Different Ranges of Dwarfism Dwarfism varies in size as shown above
Dwarfism in Media In art, literature, or movies, dwarfs are rarely depicted as "regular people who are very short" but rather as a species apart. Novelists, artists, and moviemakers may attach special moral or aesthetic significance to their "apartness" or misshapenness. Artistic representations of dwarfism can be found on Greek vases and other ancient artifacts, including ancient Egyptian art in which dwarfs are likely to have been seen as a divine manifestation, with records indicating they could reach high positions in society.
Dwarfism in Media As popular media have become more widespread, the number of works depicting dwarfs has increased dramatically. Some feel that dwarf characters are often depicted based on the novelty factor of their stature rather than on other personal attributes. Dwarfism is depicted in many books, films, and TV series such as Austin Powers, Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Little People Big World, The Little Couple, Harry Potter, Seinfeld, In Bruges, The Tin Drum by Günter Grass, and the film The Station Agent.
Child with Dwarfism A girl with Dwarfism and her younger brother.