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An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales

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ISBN 10: 0679756973 / 0-679-75697-3
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Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:

To these seven narratives of neurological disorder Dr. Sacks brings the same humanity, poetic observation, and infectious sense of wonder that are apparent in his bestsellers Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. These men, women, and one extraordinary child emerge as brilliantly adaptive personalities, whose conditions have not so much debilitated them as ushered them into another reality.


Review:

"[Sacks] not only gives the reader a succinct historical understanding of various afflictions...but also communicates the practical, emotional, and spiritual consequences of those afflictions on particular individuals."

Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Review:

"Oliver Sacks has become our modern master of the case study, an artistic form whose antecedents lie in the scientific work of practitioners like A. R. Luria and Sigmund Freud...In his investigations...Dr. Sacks has never been less than generously humane...'An Anthropologist on Mars' is Dr. Sack's best book to date because it very self-consciously explores both the physician's and the patient's peculiar ways of thinking."

Wendy Lesser, New York Times Book Review

 

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Book Description: Random House USA Inc, United States, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Vintage Books. 206 x 131 mm. Brand New Book. Neurological patients, Oliver Sacks once wrote, are travellers to unimaginable lands. An Anthropologist on Mars offers portraits of seven such travellers - 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. These are paradoxical tales, for neurological disease can conduct one to other modes of being that - however abnormal they may be to our way of thinking - may develop virtues and beauties of their own. The exploration of these individual lives is not one that can be made in a consulting room or office, and Sacks has taken off his white coat and deserted the hospital, by and large, to join his subjects in their own environments. He feels, he says, in part like a neuroanthropologist, but most of all like a physician, called here and there to make house calls, house calls at the far border of experience. Along the way, he shows us a new perspective on the way our brains construct our individual worlds. In his lucid and compelling reconstructions of the mental acts we take for granted - the act of seeing, the transport of memory, the notion of color - Oliver Sacks provokes anew a sense of wonder at who we are. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780679756972

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