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April 21, 1962


JAMA. 1962;180(3):239-240. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050160055018

In the beginning of the study of dermatoglyphics an anatomical and anthropological interest appeared; then the study of fingerprints, an aspect of dermatoglyphics, became an instrument for identification. More recently dermatoglyphic study has become a significant tool in medicine, both clinically and as a genetic indicator. Through this study, the concept of mongolism has been greatly expanded, and its detection has been facilitated and rendered more accurate. Further, within months have come important findings relating to congenital and acquired heart disorders.

The contribution, "Fingerprints in Schizophrenia," appearing in this issue of The Journal (p. 215) is both timely and topical. First, finger patterns, which appear early in intra-uterine life, are of constitutional or genotypic import. The significance of them in schizophrenia is a much-discussed and important question. In this study certain trends in finger pattern are reported for a very carefully selected and screened series of schizophrenic males. These trends