Did you ever look at your hand? I mean really look? Like Hugh MacDiarmid looked? It is a kludge, a bodge-up job developed from a generic mammalian pentadactyl limb. That same blueprint having been modified to make a horse's hoof and a bat's wing and the retractable claws of your cat. We can do so much with our hands: split wood; sew a seam, write copperplate, type Blob, change gears, open a jar of marmalade.hot and the local lube cannot dissipate the heat quick enough and the parts start to swell which spirals the problem into a crisis of pain and pins-and-needles. So that's typists and chicken-boners and others who carry out repetitive tasks for too little money. Carpal tunnel syndrome, as the crisis is called, is also another cross to bear for those with rheumatoid arthritis RA where there are autoimmune lubrication fails. When Jim Kent, furiously writing the code to analyse the human genome, immersed his wrists in basins of iced water, he had a desperate but effective solution for meeting Blair and Clinton's We Two deadline.
Maybe 20% of adult humans experience "pain, numbness, and/or tingling in the median nerve distribution in the hands" and in maybe a third of those cases carpal tunnel syndrome is fingered. The the hand is intelligently designed, users will write "could do better" on the engineer-in-the-sky's end of term report card.born in Wales, trained in Liverpool. In 1957, he described and number of cases of ulnar neuropathy - numbness and tingling in the little and ring fingers - almost all of which he decided were due to compression of the cubital tunnel at the elbow. The ligament / band / arcade which now bears his name forms the roof of the cubital tunnel.