72 Eugenical News
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Syndactylism in the F--- Family
The man in the picture, George F---, has a deformity of the hands and feet, which is known as lobster-claw or syndactylism. He was the second child in a fraternity of six. His older brother, who died at the age of two weeks, had the same deformity. His three sisters are normal; his younger brother has an extra little toe on one foot. George married a normal woman and had two daughters, both of whom are syndactyls like himself. These are the only cases of syndactyly which have occurred in George's family as far as he knows. George's mother and some members of his father's fraternity are living; and all are normal and deny the existence of any syndactylism in past generations. However, the investigator (Dr. Elizabeth Muncey, formerly of the Eugenics Record Office) felt that George's mother knew in which branch of the family the defect originated.
George was born in the country of his Austrian parents, and for a time before the war was in show business, exhibiting himself and his older daughter, Angeline. After the war he obtained a clerical position. In spite of his deformity, he is an excellent penman, and it is interesting to note that Angeline also, who was seven years old at the time the family was studied, was doing excellent work in penmanship, and in
[caption]George F--- Mrs, F---