The writer commences her article by enunciating the doctrine that the normal human being is asymmetrical. “In 1903,” she says, “I expressed the opinion that the normal man is asymmetrical. The principle of the bilateral symmetry of the organism, established until recently in biological sciences, is replaced to-day by the idea of asymmetry, which, far from being an abnormal or pathological phenomenon, is, on the contrary, the expression of the natural state. One of the halves of the body is more developed than the other from an anatomical and physiological point of view. In the case of the right-handed man, it is the right side which is favoured; in the case of the left-handed man, it is the left. Now, each half of the body being dependent on the hemisphere of the opposite side, one sees that in the case of the right-handed man it is the left brain which is most developed, whilst in the case of the left-handed man a greater development of the right brain is assumed.” This thesis is supported by references to the works of many observers.
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