Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Lincoln's "Good Side"?

There are several reports in the media today regarding a recent report in Archives of Ophthalmology in which doctors examined two life masks of Abraham Lincoln's face by means of 3-D laser surface scanning.
The technique enabled documentation and analysis of Lincoln's facial contours and demonstrated his marked facial asymmetry; the defect may have accounted for Lincoln's strabismus, and manifested itself in what Nathaniel Hawthorne called Lincoln's "homely sagacity" and his "sallow, queer, sagacious visage."
A link to the abstract for the paper can be found here.
Many thanks to my good friend, Curtis Fears, of Kirkwood, MO, for bringing the story to my attention.

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