Behavior: Lefty Liberation

The nervous tic afflicting the Tokyo grade school girl was so severe that her entire body shook every time she twitched. When she was finally brought to Tokyo Psychiatrist Soichi Hakozaki, the diagnosis was surprisingly simple. The girl was lefthanded, and her mother had been trying to make her use her right hand by binding the left with tape. Two days after mom's therapy was stopped, the tic disappeared.

The reason for the forcible correction of the child's "defect" remained, however. In Japan there is a deep-seated prejudice against lefthanders that goes back so far in time that its origins are unknown....

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