An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks

An Anthropologist on Mars

byOliver Sacks

Paperback | February 13, 1996

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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.

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OLIVER SACKS is a practicing physician and the author of twelve books, including The Mind’s Eye, Musicophilia, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film). He lives in New York City, where he is a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine.
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Title:An Anthropologist on MarsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:7.9 × 5.1 × 0.8 inPublished:February 13, 1996Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0394281519

ISBN - 13:9780394281513

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Imagine being a respected artist – with no ability to see or imagine colour. Or a surgeon who routinely performs delicate operations despite outbursts of Tourette's syndrome. Or a professor with a Ph.D in animal science but no grasp of human emotion thanks to autism. With these and four other fascinating tales, Dr. Oliver Sacks explores the world of neurological disorder and creativity.