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April 2, 1973

Metoposcopy and Kindred Arts

JAMA. 1973;224(1):42-46. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220140026005

August 5, 1968, marked a significant event in the history of science, for on that date was published in JAMA (205:470) the first controlled study in metoposcopy. The reader may immediately ask, what is that? Indeed, the people of the world can be divided into two classes—those who know the meaning of "metoposcopy" and those who do not. The first group comprises a handful of antiquarians. Everyone else falls into the second group. The term might thus seem to have little general appeal, but I nevertheless suggest sound reason for discussing it: metoposcopy forms a part of the vast intellectual realm that interpenetrates the history of thought and the history of science. This is the realm of the occult that bridges the gap between magic and science.

"Metoposcopy" means literally the observation of the forehead, and the term refers to the information about the past and the future that