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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Scientific American
[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.
Annals of Human Biology
Each fascinating chapter in this book is a conjured mixture of anecdote, entertainment, and instruction.
The New York Times Book Review
Maybe Newton was right about the thumb [that it was evidence of God's existence], but there is far more to arouse wonder in the hand than he knew, and Dr. Napier indicates its scope with authority and imagination.
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"Maybe Newton was right about the thumb [that it was evidence of God's existence], but there is far more to arouse wonder in the hand than he knew, and Dr. Napier indicates its scope with authority and imagination."--The New York Times Book Review

"Each fascinating chapter in this book is a conjured mixture of anecdote, entertainment, and instruction."--Annals of Human Biology

"[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

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A physician who specialized in hands, Napier draws on a variety of disciplines to give his account of our crucial appendages. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691025476
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/22/1993
  • Series: Princeton Science Library Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.61 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Figures
Foreword
Acknowledgments
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
Ch. 6 Handedness 121
Ch. 7 Fingerprints 131
Ch. 8 Gestures 143
Suggested Reading and References 159
Index 169
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