- Hand Reading Course (2/33): HISTORY -


- Preceding the 19th century no developments have taken place which are relevant in the perspective of modern handanalysis. For till the 19th century the practitioners of handanalysis (palmistry- or palm readers) merely focussed on its profetic aspects.

- Nevertheless, the medical diagnostic potential of the human hand was noticed in the 16th century already. Gettings(1) writes:

- "... Paracelsus used the stars of heaven to predict the future and he used the human hand for indications of diseases..."

- Figure A-1: Portret of Paracelsus: an engraving created by Hirshvogel in 1538. The latin words op top of the engraving describe Paracelsus' motto for life: "Let no man belong who can belong to himself belong to another".

- Figure A-2: Purkinje's fingerprint classification systeem.

- The very first fingerprint classification system was presented in 1823. It was the work of Joannes Evangelista Purkinje(2) - a Tsjech physiologist. Purkinje's system describes the variations among 9 fingerprint types.

- Only a few years later, in 1833 the anatomist Bell2 described the funtionality of the dermatoglyphs: "these give us a firmer grip".

- References:

- 1 - Gettings, F. The Book of the hand: an illustrated history of palmistry. (p.161). London: Paul Hamlyn Ltd. 1965.
- 2 - Cummins, H & Midlo, C. Finger prints, palms and soles: an introduction to dermatoglyphics. Philadelphia: Blackistion Co., 1943.

- March 2016 update -

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Hand reading synonyms:

palmistry - palm reading - hand analysis - chirology - chiromancy - chirognomy

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