Accession Number : AD0467960

Title :   A RAPID METHOD FOR SCORING THE GLADSTONE GROUP PALMAR SWEAT TEST.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL SCHOOL OF AVIATION MEDICINE PENSACOLA FLA

Personal Author(s) : Voas,Robert B.

Report Date : 15 MAR 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : Recently, two methods of measuring palmar sweat which can be used with large groups have been described. The simplest of these is that of Gladstone which is an adaptation of a test developed by Silverman and Powell. The method as described by Gladstone consists of preparing paper in a five per cent tannic acid solution and then coating the subject's fingers with a solution of ferric chloride and acetone. After the fingers dry, they are pressed against the paper for a period of three minutes. This produces a print the darkness of which is a function of the amount of sweat present on the fingers. The present paper deals with the method of scoring these prints. Gladstone scored the prints by passing a light through them and activating a photoelectric cell, the output from which was measured with a microammeter. The score thus obtained is inversely proportional to the darkness of the print. The reliability of this method was found to be .993 for 41 cases. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PERSPIRATION, MEASUREMENT), HANDS, INSTRUMENTATION, RELIABILITY, TEST METHODS, CORRELATION TECHNIQUES, TEST EQUIPMENT, AVIATION MEDICINE, NAVY, STATISTICAL DATA

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE