An Anthropologist on Mars

Seven Paradoxical Tales
by Oliver Sacks
$24.99

Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK

Publication Date: July 01, 2012

ISBN: 9780330523608

Binding: Paperback

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As with 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.