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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Look at Scents and Sense-Ability, May 9, 2011
This review is from: Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way (Hardcover)
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As someone who has always had an extraordinarily keen sense of smell, the topic of this book was fascinating to me. What is life like for those who cannot smell at all? We hear a great deal about those who struggle with the inability to see or hear, but the inability to smell is rarely brought up as a "handicap".

This book helped me to see that the inability to smell does handicap an individual in ways that are significant; compromising safety (an inability to smell a gas leak or a fire or if food has gone bad), relationships (the inability to know if unpleasant body odor is present or if someone has been drinking) and the general enjoyment of life (the smell of pine and peppermint at Christmas, the smell of bread in the oven or a steaming cup of hot coffee). Life without smell quietly loses a layer of dimension that most of us take for granted.

The author weaves her personal experience of loss with an explanation of the science of smell, bringing them together in an enjoyable book that is neither too depressing nor too optimistic in tone. Once you've read it, you'll know a little more about smell, a little more about what it means to be "handicapped", and a lot more about the complexities of all of the pieces of the puzzle that constitute "sensory experience".
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