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Archives of Neurology 47, 7 (1990) 778-82
An epidemiological reconsideration of the Geschwind-Galaburda theory of cerebral lateralization.
G. Dellatolas, I. Annesi ( ) 1, P. Jallon, M. Chavance, J. Lellouch 2
G Dellatolas , Annesi I , P Jallon , M Chavance , Lellouch J Collaboration(s)

To contribute to the Geschwind-Galaburda theory of cerebral lateralization, we examined the relationship of left-handedness to allergic disorders and stuttering, using epidemiological data of two French samples, one of which (N = 9591) is representative of the French male population between 17 and 24 years of age. Results showed a higher frequency of stuttering but not of allergic disorders in left-handers. Extreme right-handedness was observed to be significantly associated with a lower frequency of allergic disorders; response bias might explain such a relationship. Findings were confirmed after allowing for potential confounding factors, such as age and education. In both samples, stuttering and allergic disorders were significantly related.
1 :  Epidémiologie des maladies infectieuses et modélisation (ESIM)
INSERM : U707 – Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) - Paris VI
2 :  Laboratoire de Physique Nucléaire et de Hautes Énergies (LPNHE)
CNRS : UMR7585 – IN2P3 – Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) - Paris VI – Université Paris VII - Paris Diderot
Sciences du Vivant/Santé publique et épidémiologie