RECORD: Darwin, C. R. Paget [reading notes]. CUL-DAR195.1.27 Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker. (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, corrected and edited by John van Wyhe 1-4.2011. RN1

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no trustworthy case of nail on mature amputated finger

p. 4 Even no Signs from case in utero, one may probably think limit constricted & not really amputated (by [illeg])

Supernumerary digits

thinks [if even] & shows so by books

See reference to Whites' case

(gr. stump of Humans grow 10 digits if not [cutting] 2 might grow

He ends letter sceptically

James Paget (1814-1899), surgeon. These notes were later used for writing Variation, 1: 459.

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