An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales

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Pan Macmillan, Jun 16, 2011 - Literary Collections - 336 pages
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‘An inexhaustible tourist at the farther reaches of the mind, Sacks presents, in sparse, unsentimental prose, the stories of seven of his patients. The result is as rich, vivid and compelling as any collection of short fictional stories’ Independent on Sunday

As with his previous bestseller, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks uses case studies to illustrate the myriad ways in which neurological conditions can affect our sense of self, our experience of the world, and how we relate to those around us. Writing with his trademark blend of scientific rigour and human compassion, he describes patients such as the colour-blind painter or the surgeon with compulsive tics that disappear in the operating theatre; patients for whom disorientation and alienation – but also adaptation – are inescapable facts of life.

‘Sacks’ great gift is his capacity to place himself in the position of his subjects, to see the world the way they see it and to empathize with their condition with great compassion but without patronage or pity’ Daily Telegraph

‘Writing simply and beautifully, Sacks uses individual case histories to reveal the infinite complexities of the human mind’ Daily Mail

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An interesting yet easy to read book about neurology. - Goodreads
Sacks isn't a good writer. - Goodreads
... it's educational and entertaining! - Goodreads
However, I value and reccommend it for his insight. - Goodreads
He is not just an intelligent writer, but a wise one. - Goodreads
I enjoy his writing even though it can be dry. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Rae - Goodreads

I've been slowly chipping away at this book over several months. The case studies here are fascinating. Therein lies my only teensy issue with the book - people are reduced to case studies. While ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andre Tan - Goodreads

Truly an outstanding book on the paradox of the human mind. Sacks bring us to his patients through his eyes, describing details with vivid imagery and catchy words. Neither too prosaic nor too banal ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Oliver Sacks is a physician and the author of many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film) and Musicophilia. Born in London and educated at Oxford, he now lives in New York City, where he is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is the first, and only, Columbia University Artist, and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the British Empire.

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