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August 7, 1943

The Human Hand

JAMA. 1943;122(15):1051. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840320069036

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This purports to be a scientific answer to the age long question Is there anything in palmistry? So far as the text goes the reviewer does not feel that an answer has been given. Some evidence is given to indicate that certain types of hands are found more commonly in the case of the insane than in the case of the sane. Perhaps the most satisfying evidence is to be found in the statement made by Dr. William Stevenson, assistant director at the Institute of Experimental Psychology at Oxford, to the effect that Dr. Wolff was able to give good readings of character when she was able to see only hands, thrust by the owner through holes in a heavy curtain. Naturally it is only evidence of this type that can have any value. Better yet perhaps would be estimates of the personalities made solely from prints of hands submitted

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