Diagnosis: A Show of Hands

Nobody nowadays would seriously suggest limiting a medical examination to a look at the patient's hands, poked daintily through a curtain, as was once the case with high-ranking Moslem women. But, says the University of Pennsylvania's Dr. Theodore J. Berry, there is still much to be said for a show of hands. In a new book, The Hand as a Mirror of Systemic Disease (F. A. Davis Co., Philadelphia; $15), he reminds his colleagues that a variety of serious diseases can be detected by the study of a patient's hands.

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