A while ago, I was talking with a friend, and he claimed that stigmata is a false occurrence because it is generally reported to appear in the center of the palms–and this is anatomically incorrect. He claimed that if Jesus was crucified properly, the nails would have been driven through his wrists–not his hands.
I asked my (christian) Anatomy teacher about this. He agreed that Jesus would have fallen off the cross if the nails were driven through his palms (as the flesh ripped from the weight of Jesus’ hanging body).
On the contrary, victims of stigmata report getting the wounds on the palms and feet. So, my question is, is my friend correct? Is there decent evidence that stigmata has occurred throughout the ages? And if so…why is it anatomically inaccurrate?