By Stephen Bodio
Pigeons have been most likely the 1st birds to be domesticated, 6000 years in the past within the heart East, and feature been bred right into a multiplicity of types and colours unsuspected by way of these widespread in simple terms with the regular birds of parks and barnyards. Bodio came upon the pleasures of pigeon-keeping as a toddler; during this affec tionate yet unsentimental memoir, he celebrates such varied features of the pastime as racing homing pigeons, breeding infrequent decorative forms, and easily having fun with staring at his flock in flight. He additionally describes his studies and relationships with a pleasant collection of fellow pigeon enthusiasts, a fascinating staff of people. properly written, either interesting and informative, this may be a delightful if probably now not crucial addition to well known usual heritage collections; its charm aren't restricted to poultry fans.
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Schizophrenic psychoses in monozygotic twins were also no more frequent than in dizygotic twins (Luxenburger 1928, Essen-Moller 1941, Harvald and Hauge 1965, Kringlen 1967). Allen and Pollin (1970) (Table 8) and Kendler et al. (1996) were able to confirm this in representative studies. Table 8. 22 26 The twins method in research Studies of monozygotic twin pairs discordant for schizophrenia Prenatal developmental disorders In the fourth and fifth months of fetal development, ectodennal cells begin to migrate towards the upper limbs in order to fonn, among other things, the skin of the hands (Hamilton et al.
After the conclusion of the diagnostic process and the determination of concordance, the zygosity diagnoses were then made known. These complicated procedures in diagnosing the twins virtually excluded the risk of "contamination diagnoses". This term means that the diagnosis of a co-twin would be influenced by the diagnosis of the index-twin if both partners had been assessed by the same examiner. 38 Methodology of a systematic twin study Determining the criteria for concordance/discordance According to the model presented by Gottesman and Shields (1966, 1972) and Fischer et al.
1991, Davis et al. 1995). In 24 schizophrenic index-twins of discordant monozygotic twin pairs, Bracha et al. (1991) found significantly more minute malformations of the hands compared with the healthy co-twins, which could be traced to developmental disorders in the fourth/fifth month of pregnancy. The authors compared the fingerprints of 23 monozygotic twin pairs who were discordant for schizophrenia. They found that in approximately one-third of the discordant pairs, the intra-pair difference in the amount of ridges on the skin surface of the fingers was significantly greater than in the healthy control twin pairs (Bracha et al.