Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Although being asked to review a book on everything to do with symmetry
and asymmetry from the atomic to the societal level is daunting, it is nothing
compared with writing such a book. The breadth of scholarship needed to undertake
such a task requires intensity, passion, even zealotry. Professor McManus
must possess these qualities and has succeeded in a difficult task.
Right Hand, Left Hand discusses symmetry and
asymmetry from many perspectives—physics and chemistry, physiology and
neuroscience, social anthropology and religion. Expert readers might find
coverage of their own fields lacking, but as an overview, the work exceeds
the sum of its parts and should be enlightening to most.
Camicioli R. Asymmetry. JAMA. 2003;289(15):2000. doi:10.1001/jama.289.15.2000-a