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The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture Summary
Frank R. Wilson

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This non-fiction analytical description of "The Hand" subtitled "How its use shapes the brain, language, and human culture" was published in 1998 by Frank R. Wilson. Wilson presents a cultural and historical tale of the use and development of the human hand that supports human learning, physical characteristics and development before and since Homo sapiens appeared on earth. Earliest appearance of a man-like creature was the Australopithecine, which is the name of the first "southern apes" that walked upright in Africa. "Lucy" is a fossilized example who appeared on earth 3.9 million years ago.

Wilson's patients suffering symptoms of "musician's cramp" made him aware of difficulties sculptors, carvers and surgeons experience. His mission for this book is to expose the "hidden physical roots" of human capacity for passionate, creative work. He discusses the anthropological, evolutionary, biomechanical and physiological features as well as neurobehavioral and developmental perspectives. The author's underlying thesis...

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