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May 1954


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5430 Greene St. Philadelphia 44.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1954;51(5):726-727. doi:10.1001/archopht.1954.00920040735020

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To the Editor:  —We appreciate your thoughtful discussion of our paper, published in the November, 1953, issue of the Archives. Our original paper was longer and contained discussions of the points you have made. In shortening it for publication, we had to omit many interesting, but not "central," portions of the material.The selection of the term "hand use" was deliberate and was intended to make the point that we were not trying to determine the child's original "handedness." Most of the hand-use patterns are set by the time we see the children, and there is great resistance to any change. We have elaborated this point in the privately printed supplement, stating that when a child uses two hands, we select for constant use the one showing greater manual dexterity for fine performances, such as printing. As a rule converted left-handed children cannot or will not return to the use

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