Sometimes a man's hands can tell you more than his portrait... In this post you'll see many wonderful hands: those that played 5.000 concerts, dug up 150 tons of potatoes, conducted 20.000 operations and some others.
The hands that drew 40.000 caricatures.
Boris Yefimov, a caricaturist, died at the age of 108 years old.
"I had a chance to shake many good hands in my lifetime. I clearly remember the handshake with Mussolini. He received the Soviet delegation of 11 people and greeted everyone in person. Mussolini was gorgeous, spectacular - in a white civilian suit and two-tone shoes. A real dandy! Actually, I happened to deal with many great people. I saw and heard Lenin, I bade last farewell to Lunacharsky. I once talked to Stalin on the phone and dined with Tito..."
The hands that dissected more than 8.000 bodies.
Joseph Laskavy, a pathologist, 68 years old.
"According to a stereotype, a pathologist comes to work in the morning, drinks half a glass of public alcohol, rolls up sleeves, takes a large knife and guts corpses all day long. But in fact, our main work is the study of micro-preparations taken by a surgeon from a piece of a corpse in order to determine the disease. Unfortunately, the stereotype persists because everybody watches a lot of American movies. There is always that little Jew in glasses to whom a detective comes with a small piece of coal in a hand and who establishes that this coal was in the past a white man of 32 years old who ate chicken 2 hours before his death. Or here's another image: a husky guy with hairy arms and a hairy chest. I successfully combine these both characters: on the one hand, I'm a Jew wearing glasses, and on the other, I have hairy arms. "
The hands that did more than 3.000 circumcisions.
Ishaya Shafit, a mohel, 41 years old.
"The hands of a mohel are easily recognized among thousands of others. You should just look at his thumb and index finger. The point is that babies are circumcised without surgical gloves because at one of the stages of the operation a mohel has to use his nails, which for this very reason are sharpened in a special way."