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The stories in An Anthropologist on Mars are medical case reports not unlike the classic tales of Berton Roueché in The Medical Detectives. Sacks's stories are of "differently brained" people, and they have the intrinsic human interest that spurred his book Awakenings to be re-created as a Robin Williams movie.
The title story in Anthropologist is that of autistic Temple Grandin, whose own book Thinking in Pictures gives her version of how she feels--as unlike other humans as a cow or a Martian. The other minds Sacks describes are equally remarkable: a surgeon with Tourette's syndrome, a painter who loses color vision, a blind man given the ambiguous gift of sight, artists with memories that overwhelm "real life," the autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire, and a man with memory damage for whom it is always 1968.
Oliver Sacks is the Carl Sagan or Stephen Jay Gould of his field; his books are true classics of medical writing, of the breadth of human mentality, and of the inner lives of the disabled. --Mary Ellen Curtin
If you buy only one book on neuroscience this year, this should be the book.
`An Anthropologist on Mars' by Oliver Sacks is a great book for those interested in gaining a more personable insight on patients with neurological disorders.
This story and the others in the book are indeed very interesting reading and does enlarge ones understanding of what the human is.
Loved it! Even outside of class work it is applicable, informative, and engaging.Published 14 days ago by AML
The stories are interesting and I usually love this kind of "pop" psychology writing, but I had to take away a star or two. Why? The FOOTNOTES*. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A Reader
Very good book. I bought this for my Psychology class and since I only paid 25 cents (not including S&H) It is in excellent condition! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Skylar Herzner
I'm fascinated by the oddity of the ailments of which Dr. Oliver Sacks writes. What he always shows the humanity of all his patients, as well as his admiration at how they cope... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary Jo Jurista