Letters Left-right discrimination

It’s all about coordination and laterality

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b34 (Published 09 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b34
  1. Adrian Drake-Lee, consultant ear, nose, and throat surgeon1
  1. 1Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham B15 2TH
  1. adrakelee{at}aol.com

    McManus’s editorial on discrimination against left handed people and Leiske’s article on left-right discrimination in surgical trainees raise important questions that extend beyond the use of surgical instruments.1 2 Spatial awareness requires binocular vision but most surgeons have a dominant eye too. The operating microscope is set to the dominant eye, and the operating field may not be in the centre if …

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