Clues from hands Part 1: personal details about patients revealed by hand examination.

Sherea M. Stricklin, Katie S. Payne, Ryan K. Rader, Karen D. Schilli, William V. Stoecker

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This is the first part of a two-part article on personal details revealed by the hand examination. Daily activities revealed by hand examination are the focus of Part 1, while personal details including nutrition and psychological assessment are presented in Part 2. These clues enable the examiner to discern hobbies, vocation, sporting activities, dietary information, and psychosocial information of the patient. We describe signs that may aid the clinician in determining these activities, enabling us to provide better patient care by establishing good patient rapport. Part 1, presented here, focuses on detection of visible traces on the hands of sporting activities, hobbies, and vocation. The patient through long familiarity may be oblivious to these features or may find them too insignificant to mention, yet they can provide meaningful social details for the

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-351
Number of pages3
JournalMissouri Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014


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