(Received 1 March 1976; accepted 17 May 1976)
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The examination of handwriting for identification purposes provides many interesting and thought-provoking problems. One of the most commonly encountered challenges arises when an individual consciously attempts to change, alter, or otherwise disguise the presence and appearance of normal, natural handwriting characteristics. Included among these mindful attempts are capital letter style changes, alteration of normal writing slant, and use of the awkward hand, to name just a few . Throughout all such attempts, the fundamental axiom remains that the writing is not completely natural. However, while such attempts are a contrived, forced effort, in many cases they still contain those unique and individual characteristics upon which an identification or elimination can be based.
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