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The modern mythology of the left-handedness of Alexander the Great.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16966244     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The prevalent modern suggestion that Alexander the Great was left-handed probably derives from Michael Barsley's (1966) book, Left-handed man is a right-handed word, perhaps by mutation from as earlier story cited by Wile in 1934 from a 17th century Rabbirical exegesis, which said that Alexander discovered a country where all the inhabitants were left-handed. That itself may derive in part from the medieval Hebrew Book of Jossippon, which mentions Alexander talking of the superiority of the left hand and of how "kings stemming from the tribe of kings are left-handed".
I C McManus
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Laterality     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1357-650X     ISO Abbreviation:  Laterality     Publication Date:  2006 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-12     Completed Date:  2007-02-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9609064     Medline TA:  Laterality     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  566-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University College, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Functional Laterality*
History, Ancient
Military Personnel / history*
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Alexander the Great

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