Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf

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Pan Macmillan UK, Mar 23, 1990 - Health & Fitness - 208 pages

With Seeing Voices Dr Sacks launches us on a journey into the world of the deaf - which he explores with the same passion and insight that have illuminated other human conditions for his readers everywhere.

This book begins with the history of deaf people in the 18th century, the often outrageous ways in which they have been treated in the past, and their continuing struggle for acceptance in a hearing world.

And it examines the visual language of the deaf - Sign - which has only in the past decade been recognised fully as a language linguistically complete, rich, and as expressive as any spoken language.

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User Review  - ajlewis2 - LibraryThing

This book was very informative. What impressed me most was how important it is that deaf people not be pushed to vocal communication, but rather use Sign. I was surprised to learn that American Sign ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kaethe - LibraryThing

The first two sections are a bit of a slog. Sacks goes into the history of educating deaf people, and he veers off all over the place into footnotes that are neither amusing nor informative. Despite ... Read full review

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About the author (1990)

Oliver Sacks is a physician and the author of ten previous books, including most recently, Musicophilia. He 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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