Dermatoglyphics in Medical Disorders

  • Blanka Schaumann
  • Milton Alter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Blanka Schaumann, Milton Alter
    Pages 1-11
  3. Blanka Schaumann, Milton Alter
    Pages 13-26
  4. Blanka Schaumann, Milton Alter
    Pages 27-87
  5. Blanka Schaumann, Milton Alter
    Pages 89-102
  6. Blanka Schaumann, Milton Alter
    Pages 103-129
  7. Blanka Schaumann, Milton Alter
    Pages 131-252
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 253-258

About this book


The skin on the fingertips and palmar and plantar surfaces of man is not smooth. It is grooved by curious ridges, which form a variety of configurations. These ridge configurations have attracted the at­ tention of laymen for millenia. They have also evoked the serious interest of scientists for more than three centuries. The anatomist Bidloo provided a description of ridge detail in the seventeenth cen­ tury. Since then, additional information has been added by anthro­ pologists, biologists, and geneticists. For the last century, the fact that each individual's ridge configurations are unique has been uti­ lized as a means of personal identification especially by law enforce­ ment officials. Widespread medical interest in epidermal ridges de­ veloped only in the last several decades when it became apparent that many patients with chromosomal aberrations had unusual ridge formations. Inspection of skin ridges, therefore, promised to provide a simple, inexpensive means for determining whether a given patient had a particular chromosomal defect. However, the promise was only partially fulfilled because of the inherent variability of skin ridge configurations. It was possible to draw conclusions about ridge ab­ normalities in groups of patients but not always in a given individual. Patients and clinicians became somewhat disenchanted with the clinical value of studying ridges.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Blanka Schaumann
    • 1
    • 2
  • Milton Alter
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Epidemiology and Genetics UnitUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Neurology ServiceVeterans Administration HospitalMinneapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1976
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-51622-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-51620-7
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