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February 1963

Finger Prints, Palms and Soles: An Introduction to Dermatoglyphics

Arch Dermatol. 1963;87(2):282. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590140144028

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This paperback volume is an unabridged and corrected republication of the pioneer work on dermatoglyphics first published in 1943. The very fact that a scientific book is reprinted after an interval of 18 years speaks for its lasting value. I feel sure that everybody who has used the "Cummins and Midlo" regretted that it was out of print and is pleased to see it is again available.

Dermatoglyphics is one of those fields in which many interests meet. Anatomists, anthropologists, geneticists, and criminologists have a long-standing devotion to this science. Recently, pediatricians and psychologists have joined them in connection with the manifestations of Down's syndrome (mongolism). Dermatologists, with few exceptions, have not been much interested in the ridge configurations on fingers, palms, and soles, but they may be assured that the study of dermatoglyphics is a fascinating hobby if nothing else as recently pointed out by Felsher (Arch. Derm. 84:199,

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