The Pisiform Bone


IN a recent letter in Nature, Prof. Harris1 gave radiological evidence for the appearance of a separate epiphysial centre in the pisiform bone of sub-human primates. In view of the considerable theoretical importance which he attached to this finding, further observations have been made in this Department. A number of female Rhesus monkeys of accurately known age Were available for X-ray study. The result of this investigation has been a smooth and continuous record of the developing pisiform bone in the macaque monkey from birth to maturity.

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    Harris, H. A., Nature, 153, 715 (1944).

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ECKSTEIN, F. The Pisiform Bone. Nature 154, 182 (1944).

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