The study of dermatoglyphics, ridge pattern theory and medical palmistry has drawn the attention of scientists by the turn of the twentieth century on a very large scale. Many notable scientists, especially in the West, have
spent innumerable man-hours in their laboratories, trying to find out what
these fascinating patterns on the palm mean in regard to the characteristics traits, psychology, behaviour and health of the subject is concerned. Notable palmists and researchers like Noel Jaquin, Charlotte Wolf, St. Katherine Hill, Beryl Hutchinson, Beverly Jaegers, Johnny
Fincham, Dr. Arnold Holtzman, Jennifer Hirsch, etc., have endeavoured to apply this study for personality development, health care, career
opportunities, and various other issues related to the progress and wellbeing of humanity.
The notes prepared by Anthony Writer on palmistry, ridge patterns and medical palmistry are comprehensive and with a lot of illustrations to enable the readers and students to grasp these subjects in an easy
manner. I request the students and the general readers who have interest in this humanistic field to do further observations and research as the study is open and wide. The notes compiled are only pointers to the various
topics covered. Your efforts in this direction will only enrich knowledge on the above topics for the betterment of the race.
Principal, Jyotisha Bharati
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan