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A neurologist who claims to be equally interested in disease and people, Sacks (Awakenings, etc.) explores neurological disorders with a novelist's skill and an appreciation of his patients as human beings. These cases, some of which have appeared in literary or medical publications, illustrate the tragedy of losing neurological facultiesmemory, powers of visualization, word-recognitionor the also-devastating fate of those suffering an excess of neurological functions causing such hyper states as chorea, tics, Tourette's syndrome and Parkinsonism. Still other patients experience organically based hallucinations, transports, visions, etc., usually deemed to be psychic in nature. The science of neurology, Sacks charges, stresses the abstract and computerized at the expense of judgment and emotional depthsin his view, the most important human qualities. Therapy for brain-damaged patients (by medication, accommodation, music or art) should, he asserts, be designed to help restore the essentially personal quality of the individual. First serial to New York Review of Books, The Sciences and Science; Reader's Subscription alternate. January
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Neurologist Sacks, author of Awakenings and A Leg To Stand On , presents a series of clinical tales drawn from fascinating and unusual cases encountered during his years of medical practice. Dividing his text into four parts"losses" of neurological function; "excesses"; "transports" involving reminiscence, altered perception, and imagination; and "the simple," or the world of the retardedSacks introduces the reader to real people who suffer from a variety of neurological syndromes which include symptoms such as amnesia, uncontrolled movements, and musical hallucinations. Sacks recounts their stories in a riveting, compassionate, and thoughtful manner. Written on a somewhat scholarly level, the book is highly recommended for larger collections. Debra Berlanstein, Towson State Univ. Lib., Baltimore
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Facinating and grabs your attention if unusual human behaviors are an interest to you. Sacks' writings are humorous, insightful, compassionate yet clinically detailed. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Maggie
This book by Dr. Sacks is a fascinating account of his early work with neurologically impaired patients. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Nina N. Franco
I loved it because I love the science of brain studies. While the technology is outdated, the concepts and "real emotions" of the patients was a worthwhile read.Published 2 days ago by raspberry ice
Descriptive and intelligent; painting an amazing picture of each person. His experiences become a great example of the living breathing people behind their conditions.Published 5 days ago by Amanda Stettner
Interesting book. The author is obviously not a writer as the prose is clumsy at times. It suffers also from not being user friendly. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Judith Byers
Sacks writes well but his extensive clinical examples of unusual mind structure problems gave me the feeling of being a vouyer. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Runnymead