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October 6, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(14):886. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460400034005

Dr. E. Noble Smith1 makes a plea for the education of children in the use of their left hands interchangeably with their right, instead of as at present discouraging it. The inconvenience of having to use the left hand for all manipulations when the right happens to be temporarily disabled has been experienced by many of us and we can therefore the more readily appreciate his argument. It certainly would be an advantage if one could be equally dexterous with both hands, and the fact that some favored individuals are naturally thus endowed makes it seem possible that by education all could be made ambidextrous. We are usually inclined to believe with Sam Patch "that one man can do a thing as well as another;" why, therefore, should we all not use our left and right hands alike if we so wish? The almost universal prevalence of right-handedness, however,