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Journal of Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine
Year : 2005, Volume : 27, Issue : 2
First page : ( 87) Last page : ( 91)
Print ISSN : 0971-0973.

Human nail growth pattern and medicolegal aspect

Dr. Gupta Gita Rani1Medical Officer (Medical), Dr. Dhruw V.K.2Medical Officer, Dr. Athawal B.K.3Associate Prof., Dr. Siddiqui Parveen4Asstt. Prof., Dr. Yousuf4Asstt. Prof., Dr. Agrawal Harendra K.4Asstt. Prof., Late Prof. Dr. Chandra Heeresh1Formerly Founder Director

1Medicolegal Institute, M.P. Bhopal

2Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

3Deptt. of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal

4Department of Physiology) Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal

Medicolegal Advisor Govt. of Madhya Pradesh & Prof. & H.O.D., Forensic Medicine &Toxiclology, G.M.C., Bhopal


Among the body tissues nails are known to resist decomposition and disintegration. As such the study undertaken on the nails pattern and growth are presented. The idea came from the ink mark applied during the election voting. In 153 cases the growth rate in different fingers was recorded and statistically analyzed. The results are tabulated. It is possible that identity of the person can be established by growth pattern, unusual marks and history of trimming the nails etc. During the study it was observed that cutting of the nails encourages the growth. If allowed to grow the growth is retarded proportionately. Study was done from March 2000 to June 2000.


Key words

Human Nail, Nail growth.


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