The Sydney line: an underestimated hand mark in palmistry!

May 2, 2009

The Sydney line: an underestimated hand mark.

The Sydney line: an underestimated hand mark.

The Sydney line: an underestimated hand mark in Palmistry!

Many years ago the Sydney line was discovered as another hand line mark for Down’s syndrome – the other handmark is the ‘famous’ simian crease. How come that the diagnostic significance of the Sydney line is still underestimated?

This article describes an overview of the global palmistry- & scientific research related to the Sydney line.

In 1967 a Belgian study on Down’s syndrome was published which pointed out that besides the ‘famous’ simian line, an ‘extended proximal palmar crease’ is also a significant feature in Down’s syndrome.

One year later some researchers from Sydney, Australia (Purvis-Smith & Menser, 1968) reported that this fascinating palmar line is also frequently found in the hands of patients with congenital rubella – from that point researchers adopted the name used by researchers from Sydney: the name of the ‘Sydney line’ was established!

S.G. Purvis-Smith (Australian researcher) described the Sydney line as follows:

“A sydney line occurs where the proximal transverse crease extends beyond the midline axis of the fifth finger towards the ulnar border of the palm.”

Dozens of studies have confirmed the diagnostic significance of the Sydney line – sometimes the discriminative value is even higher compared to the simian crease! The significance of the Sydney line can be related to various medical problems (such as: Down’s syndrome, leukemia, Alzheimer dementia), and psychological problems (in general: developmental problems at young ages).

You can read more about the Sydney line & the simian crease in these extended articles:

The Sydney line: an underestimated hand mark
The simian line: a ‘notorious’ hand crease
More hand analysis news

The Sydney line: a hand mark for Down's syndrome, leukemia, Alzheimer dementia, and psychological problems.

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