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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.
Oliver Sacks always has a fascinating tale to tell about the mysterious human brainPublished 1 month ago by RMcG
Shipped really fast and the book, as most of O. Sacks books, was terrific. Highly recommend shipper and book!Published 1 month ago by auntie J
Loved reading about the colorblind people. The second part of the book about cycads was not as interesting to me.Published 6 months ago by Kristen
I like the author's style of writing and lust for adventure. This made for a great read for a neuro book report .Published 6 months ago by Weston
Typical Oliver Sacks book blending medicine with culture as he elucidates two different, rare disease processes affecting close knit communities. Fascinating to read.Published 7 months 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 7 months 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 10 months ago by Guido Domenici