An Anthropologist on Mars

An Anthropologist on Mars

Seven Paradoxical Tales

Book - 1995
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Here are seven detailed and fascinating portraits of neurological patients, including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette's syndrome unless he is operating; an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident, but finds a new sensibility and creative power in black and white; and an autistic professor who cannot decipher the simplest social exchange between humans, but has built a career out of her intuitive understanding of animal behavior. Sacks combines the well honed mind of an academician with the verve of a true storyteller, and manages to produce a book at once accessible and challenging. The capacity to observe the patient as a different form of human being, instead of as just an 'interesting case', is a true insight into what Medicine should be; furthermore, as the author insistently teaches, neurological diseases differ from other ailments in that they become a true portion of the persona, and ,in a sense, they belong to the patient, whereas most people consider disease to be something that 'happens' to them, an outside influence not to be confused with the true Self. It is a truly accessible and moving book, and teaches us all something about the diversity and depths of the human kind.
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, c1995.
ISBN: 9780394280943
0394280946
Characteristics: xix, 327 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,22 cm.

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jengel30
Jan 29, 2015

Well, I seem to be on "HOLD" for "Anthropologist on Mars" but I don't see where I can indicate pick up at the BALLARD branch library.

Very confusing--but then, I'm not very adept with internet order/request forms.
sorry,
-Judith engel-

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Liber_vermis
Jan 11, 2012

Another amazing compilation of the experiences of seven of Sacks' patients who demonstrate the key role of the brain as the final interpreter of our senses.

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BadCzech
Apr 09, 2008

I love Oliver Sacks. Intelligent, interesting, and understandable by those who don't necessarily have a background in neurology or sociology. Don't forget to check out The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and The Island of the Colorblind.

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