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… and that thick ears signify greater wealth

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 02 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:582
  1. Pick-Ngor Woo,
  2. Peck-Lin Lip
  1. Senior house officer in medicine New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton WV11 1XW
  2. Registrar in ophthalmology Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital, Birmingham B3 2NS

    EDITOR,—James A Heathcote's cross sectional study of 206 patients, in which he measured the length of the subjects' ears, leads him to conclude that older men have larger ears.1 This observation may confirm ancient beliefs. In particular, it is believed in Chinese culture (and also evident in Chinese literature and traditional grandmothers' tales) that studying a person's facial features may reveal a …

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