THE BOOK OF THE HAND by Paul Taborl

THE BOOK OF THE HAND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It was supposedly Anaxagoras who first theorized that man's superiority owes as much to his hands as to his brain. He's in here, and so is nearly everyone else who ever made a memorable remark or an important discovery about that ""precision instrument which has never been surpassed by the most elaborate mechanical brain or the most delicate tool -- the human hand"". There are chapters on the role of the hand in history, magic, religion and manners, as well as others devoted to such related subjects as palmistry, dactyloscopy (fingerprints), Braille, graphology, as well as people without hands. One of the most fascinating sections deals at length with the puzzling phenomena connected with right and left handedness... Tabori, a veteran movie, TV and book writer, sometimes tantalizes rather than instructs; but on the whole he has fingered a good deal of interesting material and popularized it with the general reader in mind.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1962
Publisher: Chilton