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Some neurological observations on Leonardo da Vinci's handwriting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  390099     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present study concerns neuropsychological aspects of the handwriting of Leonardo da Vinci. The evidence for Leonardo's left handedness is considered, and a critical appraisal of his mirror writing and its underlying mechanism is presented. The relationship between Leonardo's sinistrality, mirror writing and certain aspects of localisation of cerebral function are discussed. From these considerations and from new evidence obtained from contemporary historical sources, it is proposed that Leonardo's language skills were lateralised to the more unusual right hemisphere.
G D Schott
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the neurological sciences     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0022-510X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Neurol. Sci.     Publication Date:  1979 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-02-28     Completed Date:  1980-02-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375403     Medline TA:  J Neurol Sci     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  321-9     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
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MeSH Terms
Art / history*
Dominance, Cerebral
Famous Persons*
Functional Laterality*
History, 15th Century
History, 16th Century
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
L da Vinci

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