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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.
RECOMMENDATION This was one of the few nonfiction books I have read that was hard to put down.
First of all I will read anything by Oliver Sacks. Secondly, Compelling stories so compassionately written. Read morePublished 1 month ago by naomi s korn
Sacks gives the reader sufficient detail while roving you through personal journeys. Terrific balance. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shay
It's by Oliver Sacks. What more needs to be said?
Just his name designates that what he's written is not only profound, but epitome.
Love the book. It is by the same Author that Awakenings and it mixes story with technical, so if you don't mind that you will love these books about the lives of unique people.Published 3 months ago by TJT
I am halfway through this and have found it so interesting. Each chapter is a different individual with a different set of gifts for adapting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. quinn
If you enjoy the neurology sciences then you definitely need to pick up this book, along with any other Oliver Sacks books you can get a hold of. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Crazie Betty
More of the best of Oliver Sacks as he investigates not only how the human mind works and malfunctions, but what that means to an inidividual and his or her loved ones.Published 7 months ago by Carol A Ranney
This is a wonderful book insofar it takes us to rethink disease and health. Impairing situations are just situations of huge creative power.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer