Not to be palmed off as palmistry--the author makes the distinction between palmistry and analysis--but still the core of this book requires an open if not acceptant orientation. Mr. Sorell culls the past for cults, customs, curiosa regarding the hand, its place in religious practice, medicine (the healing, the royal touch). He discusses the significance of gesture and the importance of the hand in the arts. But primarily he is interested in what the hand has to say, through fingers, thumb, the palm lines, and elevations, about the personality. His analyses proceed with illustrations. A concluding section impresses the power of prediction, its fulfillment and circumvention. Chiromanticism or science, true believers will be on hand.