A pseudodiscipline based on the assertion that the individual nature of the lines in the hand of each person can be evaluated to assess a person’s life history and predict his/her future. This form of hand interpretation is rejected by mainstream medical thought
Though I hold no brief for palmistry or the work of most psychics, I certainly see them and their work as part of the natural world, as no more "supernatural" than the meditation instructions one might receive from one of Mr.
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The Greek physicians Hippocrates and Galen were both said to be knowledgeable about the laws and practise of palmistry as a clinical aid, while Julius Caesar is said to have judged his men by their hands.
Fred Gettings, in his illustrated history of palmistry (4), reports that "when the little finger is quite obviously isolated from the others a difficulty in relationships must be immediately suspected.