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Books, Journals, New Media
April 16, 2003


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2003;289(15):2000. doi:10.1001/jama.289.15.2000-a

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.