Cardiology: The Heart & the Hand

A man's hands can tell a lot about him—the kind of work he does, his attention to personal cleanliness, the extent of his vanity. Now, in the opinion of some modern cardiologists, the hand is a valuable clue not only to a man's occupation and habits, but also, in many cases, to the condition of his heart.

Dr. Mark E. Silverman and Dr. J. Willis Hurst of Atlanta's Emory University School of Medicine presented their latest hand-and-heart findings to the American College of Cardiology last week. Although the cause and nature of a heart defect or disorder are often obscure,...