An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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From Library Journal

According to Sacks (The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, LJ 2/15/86), developmental defects, diseases, and disorders play a paradoxical role in human lives. Ravenous and destructive on the one hand, they also bring about unexpected growth and evolution of the extremely adaptive nervous system as it is forced to develop new paths and new ways of doing things. Sacks offers seven portraits exemplifying the "creative" potential of disease, including an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident but finds a new sensibility and creative power in black and white; a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette's Syndrome unless he is operating; and an autistic Ph.D. who cannot interpret the simplest social exchange between humans but has built a career out of her intuitive understanding of animal behavior. Taking leave of his white coat and the hospital environment, Sacks explores his subjects closely. True to his past work, he offers compelling stories told with the cognizance of a clinician and the heart and compassion of a poet. He also includes a superbly annotated bibliography for further study. This insightful and inspirational collection is essential for all libraries. [BOMC selection.]-David R. Johnson, Arnold LeDoux Lib., Louisiana State Univ., Eunic.
--David R. Johnson, Arnold LeDoux Lib., Louisiana State Univ., Eunice
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

From Booklist

One of the most gratifying contemporary literary success stories is that of Sacks. He's a scribbling doctor (so to speak), but unlike most of his peers, he resorts to neither fiction nor philosophy. He reports on his own specialty, neurology--to be precise, on the personal results of and responses to neurological conditions that in this book include color blindness, severe temporal and frontal lobe brain damage, Tourette's syndrome, giving eyesight to a man blind since early childhood, seizures of intense recollection, and autism. Rather weighty stuff to make the best-seller list, as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1986) did, or to serve as the basis for a hit movie, as Awakenings (1990) did. But Sacks writes as well as the great nineteenth-century physician-writer, Thomas Henry Huxley (he even uses real, substantive, readable footnotes, not just source notes), and like another, John Watson (well, okay, Arthur Conan Doyle), he imparts to his reports the deductive fascination and often the suspense of detective stories (he even names them with detective titles: "The Case of the Colorblind Painter," for instance). More than either Huxley or Watson-Doyle, he fills his writings with the same sympathy and admiration for his profoundly other-than-normal subjects and their struggles and accomplishments that we feel while reading about them. Knopf is giving Sacks' new book a 100,000-copy first printing; since it's a better book than The Man Who Mistook (which included some cursory reprints from medical journals as well as fully developed cases; this book's all the latter), may it sell every copy. Ray Olson --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B009UAO0J8
  • Publisher : Vintage; 1st edition (November 14, 2012)
  • Publication date : November 14, 2012
  • Language : English
  • File size : 5488 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 366 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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