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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.
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 13 days ago by Mary Jo Jurista
First of all I will read anything by Oliver Sacks. Secondly, Compelling stories so compassionately written. Read morePublished 2 months ago by naomi s korn
Sacks gives the reader sufficient detail while roving you through personal journeys. Terrific balance. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steadboylady
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 4 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 5 months ago by C. quinn