Give Me a Fist Bump

S. Terry Canale, MD

The fist bump isn’t new—it started in the ’60s and ’70s, primarily in the hip-hop culture—but now it’s become mainstream in a big way. From our own mayor of Memphis fist-bumping the Dalai Lama to John Kerry fist-bumping Snoop Dogg to Barack Obama fist-bumping Michelle, it’s become the greeting of choice for those who want to appear young and culturally astute. Who could have predicted that fist-bumping would become the topic of scientific research and be touted as a health benefit?

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