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?Dermatoglyphics and Health

Thumbprints found on contracts over two thousand years ago show that the Chinese have long used fingerprints for signature and identification. But for the Western World, fingerprints were 'discovered' by Sir Francis Galton, a cousin of Charles Darwin, in 1893. Since then, massive research has proven that there is a direct correlation between fingerprints and a person's medical and behavioral profile.

Dermatoglyphics (dermato = skin, glyphics = carvings) is the scientific term for the study of fingerprints and related line and hand shape designations. Harold Cummins, MD., widely acknowledged as the Father of Dermatoglyphics, invented the word in 1926(1) and it stuck. By this time, fingerprints were known to be unique and unalterable, and hence an excellent tool for population studies, personal identification, morphological and genetic research. Cummins, with his extended research into the embryonic development of fingerprints, is largely responsible for expanding dermatoglyphics into the field of medicine and for bringing dermatoglyphics into the public domain.

Dermatoglyphics (dermato = skin, glyphics = carvings: 'skin carvings') received its name from Dr. Harold Cummins at the University of Oklahoma in 1926. Considered the 'Father of Dermatoglyphics,' his research in the 1920s and '30s was contrary to the prevailing medical wisdom of his day. Twenty years later, when his findings were verified by the scientific establishment, Dermatoglyphics moved from obscurity to acceptability as a diagnostic tool.

Today, over seven thousand articles have been published in medical journals around the world (including the Journal of the AMA, Lancet, and others), and Dermatoglyphics has been used in such diverse fields as Pediatric Medicine, Genetic Research, Psychiatry and Anthropology.

Medical Diagnosis

Different diseases have different fingerprint patterns associated with them. This has been verified in thousands of independent studies. Cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease are just a few of the long list shown to correlate with fingerprint anomalies. (See The Significance of Dermatoglyphics in Medicine, Sarah B. Holt Ph.D., Journal of Clinical Pediatrics, n.d. one of many summary articles available.)


It has been found that people with unusual patterns of behavior; for instance, autism, manic depression, schizophrenia, excessive shyness, retardation, and alcoholism have all shown fingerprint profiles similar to others with like behaviors but highly different from the general population. (A typical example of this type of research can be found in The British Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 136: Manic Depressive Psychosis and Schizophrenia, a Dermatoglyphic Study; Balgir, RS.)


Studies of infants and children have demonstrated the correlation between behavior and dermatoglyphic patterns. Johnson and Opitz, in their famous study of an Iowa City child development clinic (Clinical Pediatrics, Feb. 1973) found such a strong linkage that they concluded that dermatoglyphic inspection "should be a routine part of the pediatric examination."

Conclusion: LifePrints is based on voluminous scientific research, uses the same principles employed by doctors and psychiatrists in their studies of health and behavior, and has been verified in over 70,000 analyses