Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Isuri Upeksha Wimalasiri

  • Left-handedness: Is it the winner’s curse?

    Isuri Wimalasiri Kandawela Estate, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka Writing left-handed. Crop of photo by *Physalis on Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0. Most human beings, some 85% to 95%, are right-handed, and the remainder consists mainly of left-handers and a negligibly small number of ambidextrous people. Hand orientation is decided during intrauterine life, but if a child shows hand…

  • Serendipity: Is it mere lucky coincidence?

    Isuri Wimalasiri Ratmalana, Sri Lanka   View of Sri Lanka from Ptolemy’s world map of Ceylong Many Sri Lankans may not be aware that the origins of the term “serendipity” are linked to their country. The word was coined by English writer Horace Walpole, who wrote a letter to a friend about a folk story…