Julius Koch

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Julius Koch
Poster; London Pavilion ; Giant Constantin Wellcome L0063562.jpg
Born 1872
Reutlingen, Germany
Died 30 March 1902
Mons, Belgium
Height 8 ft 0.85 in (2.4600 m)
Weight 330 lb (150 kg)

Julius Koch (1872 – 30 March 1902), also known as Le Geant Constantin, was one of seventeen people in medical history who have surpassed eight feet (244 cm) in height. He was a victim of the malady eunuchoidal-infantile gigantism (daddy-longlegs syndrome). His height, 245.9 centimeters, (8 feet, 0.8 inches) was estimated, as his legs were amputated after they developed gangrene. He was probably never the world's tallest person due to his life coinciding with that of John Rogan, who likewise suffered from gigantism. Koch's femurs were the longest on record - 76 centimeters (29.9 inches) - and his hands were 37.5 centimeters (14¾ inches) in length. His feet in some articles are claimed to have a length of 32 inches (81.3 cm).

Koch died in Mons, Belgium on 30 March 1902. His skeleton is preserved in the Museum of Natural History in Mons, Belgium.

Koch was the star of an early short film, The Giant Constantin, released in 1902.

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