In the words of Joan Rivers. “Believe me, you can hide a lot of things, but the hands always give it away,” I didn’t really get the meaning of this quote until recently when my 3-year niece looked at my hands, pointed and said “old” with all the sweet innocence of a child. You can always rely on them for their honesty- for better for worse. It got me thinking and glancing down at my hands. On occasion, I catch a view and think “do those things really belong to me?” They...Read More

Posted on March 6, 2017 By Douglas Mackenzie in , , ,

From Austin Powers Goldmember

I was on a plane last week sitting next to a young guy who had a nevus (mole) on the back of his hand between his thumb and index finger.  It was not small.  It looked completely benign, not pigmented, and slightly pedunculated (kind of mushroom shaped). I wondered how often he snagged it on his pocket, or when putting on a glove.  It had likely been there for years, maybe his whole life.  I wondered what probably everyone else wondered: “Dude, why don’t...Read More

Posted on February 24, 2017 By Douglas Mackenzie in , , ,

What constitutes beauty in the human form changes over time and between cultures.  A recent article in the Journal of Hand Surgery described belief that tapered fingertips on a woman was an aesthetic ideal.  This trend began in the early 19th century and seems to have disappeared by the middle of the 20th century.  Because there was a thought that various activities, including playing musical instruments or typing on the recently invented typewriter could produce blunt or flared fingertips, various...Read More

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