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January 18, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(3):135-136. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430550037006

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That the results of craniology thus far have been in great degree negative, is the deliberately expressed opinion of Dr. Harrison Allen, and this not very creditable state of affairs he ascribes to the fact that individual characters of both intrinsic and relative importance, have hitherto failed to receive attention. At the meeting of the Association of American Anatomists, recently held at Philadelphia, Dr. Allen demonstrated a new method of recording the peculiarities of the human skull and proposed the adoption of a formula to be used in the description of every skull, embracing the data contained in the following list of characters: " In the frontal norma observe the glabella and supra-orbital ridges, defining the degree of curvature and of deflection in each. The external angular process of the frontal bone and the degree that it is inclined downward from a horizontal line. The frontal and maxillary portions of nasal

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