Drawn to the Micronesian island of Pingelap by reports of a community of people born totally colorblind, Dr. Sacks set up a clinic in a one-room dispensary. There he listened to patients describe their colorless world in terms rich with pattern and tone, luminance and shadow. Then, in Guam, he investigated a puzzling neurodegenerative paralysis, making housecalls amid crowing cockerels, cycad jungles, and the remains of a colonial culture. The experience affords Sacks an opportunity to elaborate on such personal passions as botany and history and to explore the meaning of islands, the dissemination of species, the birth of disease, and the nature of deep geologic time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Typical Oliver Sacks book blending medicine with culture as he elucidates two different, rare disease processes affecting close knit communities. Fascinating to read.Published 6 hours ago by occasional shopper
OMG! I got an autographed copy. I think it's a complete fluke and I was lucky but whoa- that is awesome.
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An interesting account of two trips made by the author to the islands of Oceania, where the remoteness of the locations have led to two different illnesses among the locals. Read morePublished 20 days ago by sally tarbox
I love the "classic" Sacks books such as An Anthropologist on Mars and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, but this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Guido Domenici
I was interested to know more about achromatopsia which is a very rare genetic eye disease. I found the book and read it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nahid Walsh
For a through review read the comment by the Dr. Coleman. I will try not to repeat his comments. I have not read Sacks before so I was intrigue to find a medical commentary and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dandelion
Perfect condition. Thanks! Just a few more words to fill this word requirement. Just a few more. There we go.Published 10 months ago by Humza Ahmad
It's Oliver Sacks-- of COURSE it's going to be fascinating! This one sent me off researching so many other areas--it's a must for Sacks fans.Published 14 months ago by susan dana kennedy
who knew the genetics of some people on an island on the east coast of the US leads them to be color blindPublished 14 months ago by sean flint