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SDSU Professor Writes Book On History Of Left-Handedness

The cover of "On the Other Hand: Left Hand, Right Brain, Mental Disorder, and History."

SDSU Professor Writes Book On History Of Left-Handedness

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Howard Kushner, author, "On the Other Hand: Left Hand, Right Brain, Mental Disorder, and History"

Transcript

Being on the left-hand side of God in Christian theology is to be thrown into the eternal fire. And a left-handed compliment is really more like an insult.

Those are just two of many examples that show how left-handedness has been held in disrepute across the ages. But how did this dominant hand preference become a mark of infamy?

Howard Kushner, professor emeritus at San Diego State University, has been fascinated with the myths of left-handedness almost as long as he has been left-handed himself.

Kushner explored this fascination in his new book, "On the Other Hand: Left Hand, Right Brain, Mental Disorder, and History."

Kushner joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the history of left-handedness.

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