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Letters Medicine’s righthanded design

Handedness in medicine: it makes sense to learn to use both sides

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 11 June 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1279
  1. Adrian Drake-Lee, retired ear, nose, and throat surgeon
  1. Llanddona, UK
  1. adrakelee{at}

Milton says that medicine is designed for righthanded people.1

While there is focus on handedness, there is much more to laterality, with the integration of both sensory and motor elements. I am right eye dominant even though I have a strong lefthanded preference. The binocular operating microscope often has the teaching attachment fitted to the …

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