[MR] BBC: Leonardo's Claw Hand

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Sat May 4 02:06:45 PDT 2019

Noble Friends,

Today BBC Health is offering a brief feature about Leonardo da Vinci's claw
hand. It has often been stated he stopped painting because of paralysis
from a stroke. The Figino portrait sketch of Leonardo (included in the
article) shows him holding his right in a claw posture. An Italian
specialist doctor suggests this is actually ulnar palsy from a possible
upper arm injury to the ulnar nerve. Such a condition would be consistent
with a fall, and unlike a stroke accounts for Leonardo's lack of mental
impairment in the last years of his life.

The story is at https://www.bbc.com/news/health-48151105 .

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆

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