An Anthropologist On Mars by Oliver Sacks
Seven Paradoxical Tales

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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.
 

About Oliver Sacks

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Oliver Sacks is a practicing physician and the author of more than ten books, including Musicophilia, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film). He lives in New York City, where he is professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the first Columbia University Artist.
 
Published November 14, 2012 by Vintage. 366 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Self Help. Non-fiction

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(The essays have been previously published in the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books.) Readers may come to Sacks's work as voyeurs, but they will leave it with new and profound respect for the endless labyrinth of the human mind.

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Neurologist Sacks presents seven case studies of people whose ``abnormalities'' of brain function offer new insights into conceptions of human personality and consciousness.

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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.

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Entertainment Weekly

Some of the most remarkable people on earth are research subjects of neurologist Oliver Sacks, and in An Anthropologist on Mars, he introduces us to seven of them.

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Los Angeles Times

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Here we are again with Oliver Sacks, the compassionate neurologist who reminds us with each collection of case studies that there is nothing as fascinating or as hard to categorize as the human mind.

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People

That description applies equally well to Oliver Sacks, the neurologist-author who has explored the brain's terra incognita in books including Awakenings (made into a movie starring Robin Williams) and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

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London Review of Books

He has that in common with his patient Mr Thompson, one of two Korsakov amnesiacs described in The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, who, says Sacks, ‘must seek meaning, make meaning, in a desperate way, continually inventing, throwing bridges of meaning over abysses of meaninglessness, the cha...

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Oliver Sacks vividly demonstrates in this book the extraordinary capacities of individuals afflicted with neurological diseases and defects "to adapt and reconstruct themsel...

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Red Room

Yes, obviously doctors must “study” their patients before they can offer “help.” But in reading this work it becomes frighteningly apparent that a prerequisite for becoming a physician must be a certain numbness to the world in general, a sense of entitlement and superiority, a need to categoriz...

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