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April 1964

Les Gauchers: Prévalence manuelle et dominance cérébrale.

Arch Neurol. 1964;10(4):431-432. doi:10.1001/archneur.1964.00460160101012

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The authors of this monograph, well known for their studies on speech and perception, have written about the complex relationship between cerebral dominance and handeness—particularly left-handness—based on their clinical experience with children and adults with various hemispheral lesions.

The first chapter, which is concerned with the concept of handedness interpreted as the result of interaction between physiologic, hereditary, and cultural factors and the development of right/left orientation sets the framework of the authors' thesis. Subsequent chapters are concerned with: the evidence for left-sided cerebral dominance in right-handed individuals; psychological and cortical dysfunctions attributed to left-handedness in children and in left-handed adults with lesions of either hemisphere; and the relationship between handedness and cerebral dominance as a means of interpreting the significance of such dominance.

The authors agree with the generally accepted concept that in most instances the left hemisphere is dominant for speech regardless of handedness. Statistical analysis of the

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