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An Anthropologist On Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales by Oliver Sacks NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER AND CREATIVITY!

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Publisher: Vintage   Publication Year: 1996   First Edition: No

Book Type: Used   Format: Trade Paperback   Condition: Very Good

The author of Awakenings profiles seven neurologically impaired patients, including a surgeon with Tourette s syndrome and an artist whose color sense has been destroyed in an accident but who finds new creative power in black and white. 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. . Paradoxical portraits of seven 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 new creative power in black & white; others. Among doctors who write with acuity and grace, Sacks (The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) takes a higher place with each successive book. In this provocative collection of previously published essays, the noted neurologist describes his meetings with seven people whose ``abnormalities in brain function generate new perspectives on the workings of that organ, the nature of experience and concepts of personality and consciousness. ``It s not gentle, notes Canadian surgeon Carl Bennett of Tourette s syndrome; Bennett s compulsive lungings, tics and speech patterns are stilled when he is in the operating room and moderated, Sacks observes firsthand from the passenger seat, while Bennett is flying his Cessna Cardinal. The broad effects and differing degrees of autism are probed in his conversations and observations, over many years, with Stephen Wiltshire, an autistic British artist-prodigy, and his visit with Temple Grandin, an animal behavior specialist. Writing with eloquent particularity and compassionate respect, Sacks enlarges our view of the nature of human experience. Beautiful illustrations. MINOR EDGE WEAR; SEVERAL PAGES LIGHTLY RIPPLED AT EDGE ONLY - MAY HAVE NEAR SOMETHING DAMP; OTHERWISE A GREAT READING COPY - TIGHT BINDING; BRIGHT, UNMARKED TEXT.


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