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Intended for all readers—including magicians, detectives, musicians, orthopedic surgeons, and anthropologists—this book offers a thorough account of that most intriguing and most human of appendages: the hand. In this illustrated work, John Napier explores a wide range of absorbing subjects such as fingerprints, handedness, gestures, fossil remains, and the making and using of tools.
The late John Napier was a physician specializing in hands, and he was also a professor and writer on primates and evolution. In this illustrated work, Napier explores a wide range of absorbing subjects such as fingerprints, handedness, gestures, fossil remains, and the making and using of tools. University of Chicago Professor of Anthropology Russell Tuttle updates Napier's work.
"[John Napier's] book is deliberately 'not too technical,' light and full of wit. . . . Fingerprints, gestures, nerves, bone, hand hair—all are given attention . . . in this interesting survey."—Scientific American
"Each fascinating chapter in this book is a conjured mixture of anecdote, entertainment, and instruction."—Annals of Human Biology
|List of Illustrations and Figures|
|Pt. 1||Nature and Evolution of the Hand|
|Ch. 1||"You Need Hands. . ."||3|
|Ch. 2||Structure of the Hand||13|
|Ch. 3||Function of the Hand||55|
|Ch. 4||Evolution of the Hand||73|
|Pt. 2||Social and Cultural Aspects of the Hand|
|Ch. 5||Tool-Using and Tool-Making||97|
|Suggested Reading and References||159|