Purkinje's Observations (1823) on Finger Prints and Other Skin Features

  title={Purkinje's Observations (1823) on Finger Prints and Other Skin Features},
  author={Harold Cummins and Rebecca Wright Kennedy},
  journal={Journal of Criminal Law \& Criminology},
In 1823 there was published by the distinguished Czech physiologist and histologist, Johannes Evangelista Purkinje (1787-1869), a thesis entitled Commentatio de examine physiologico organi visus et systematis cutanei. A modest octavo pamphlet of fifty-eight pages and one plate, printed by the University Press at Breslau, it is one of the classics of scientific literature, embodying the results of important pioneering studies on the eye and on skin. The document is of no little his- 
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