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May 1964

The Hand.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):778-779. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110158031

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The hand and its relationship to the mind have tickled the imagination of medical philosophers. The hand is a symbol. The hand is also the nimble servant and perhaps builder of the brain. It is the despair of all but the best painters, and who can name more than a few? For ages the hand attracted much more attention as a machine than as a mirror of systemic disease. My own interest in observation and study of clinical clues which can be picked up at a glance by the observant and well informed has kept me busy for a long time. Off and on I have been in correspondce with Dr. Berry—who, by the way, has some very cheerful though not very accurate comments about me in his book. We have exchanged reprints; and I looked over some of the manuscript of the book before it was printed. A book

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