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October 17, 2001

Hand Function: The Psychobiology of the Hand

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;286(15):1905. doi:10.1001/jama.286.15.1905-JBK1017-2-1

The hand is an exquisite part of our motor apparatus, adapted to a large variety of functions: grasping delicate objects and wielding heavy ones, making expressive movements like gestures and sign language, and performing highly skilled tasks like typing and playing the violin. It is an equally exquisite sensory organ, sensitive to modalities like touch and pressure and characteristics like texture, shape, and rigidity, by means of which objects can be identified merely by their manipulation. The Psychobiology of the Hand is a collection of 15 review articles on a variety of topics. Three main themes are dealt with: sensory and motor functions of the hand, the development of those functions in children, and abnormalities in hand function primarily due to developmental and cognitive deficits.