Ambidexterity, Or, Two-Handedness and Two-Brainedness

Ambidexterity, Or, Two-Handedness and Two-Brainedness

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...and, before long, it is difficult to detect any imperfection. There must, therefore, be a capacity for the acquisition of voluntary speech processes on the right side of the young which there is not in the adult. "These facts show that the exclusive relation of voluntary speech to the left brain is due to the disuse for speech of the right brain: it seems to occur in the transition from childhood to youth, and it is related to the use of the right hand. "An important question is thus raised.... What would be the effect on the functions of the brain of the systematic cultivation of Ambidexterity? By this I mean the systematic compulsory use of the right and left hands equally for all manual occupations, including writing.... The result would certainly be, as far as can be judged from present facts, to secure an immunity from the grave effects on speech of disease of either side of the brain, should such disease occur." This disease of Aphasia, together with its related "Agraphia," is becoming more prevalent every day, a circumstance calculated to raise serious apprehensions as to the future, if nothing be done to arrest its advance. We cannot be indifferent to the alarming nature of a malady that deprives its victim of the power of speech, so that he can neither read, nor read to himself, nor can he write, either from himself or from dictation: he can merely understand what is said or read to him. As with Aphasia and Agraphia, so with other kindred cramps that afflict thousands of sufferers; there is therefore the more significance in the comments of the writer just quoted, and also of "The Lancet." Sir W. R. Gowers says: "Among the chances of this mortal life, one that is not to be disregarded by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236566068
  • 9781236566065