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J R Soc Med. 1990 August; 83(8): 499–501.
PMCID: PMC1292776

Relationship between longevity and lifeline: a manual study of 100 patients.


The relationship between length of lifeline and age at death has been evaluated in 100 consecutive autopsies. A highly significant association between the two was discovered which was strengthened further when hand size was controlled for. We feel that a powerful new prognostic sign may thus be within grasp.

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