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July 17, 1948

Personality in Handwriting: A Handbook of American Graphology

JAMA. 1948;137(12):1096. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890460092046

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As the author states in the foreword, "Graphology offers a dramatic example of the battle for scientific truth. Its students range from the soothsayer in the night club to the experimentalist who measures pen pressure in the laboratory.... At the present stage of graphological affairs an open minded and at the same time critical consideration of all available resources is necessary."

Mendel has produced a lucid, well written, convincing volume which takes graphology out of the realm of mysticism and presents it as a scientific approach to the understanding of human personality. The whole book is so well written and the author's style is so simple and convincing that the reader finds that this is not just a book to be read but one that may be studied with pleasure and profit. Nothing is left to the reader's imagination and the deductions and conclusions reached appear logical and are reinforced

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