The Mind's Eye (Paperback) - Sacks, Oliver W. : ISBN 307568

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With compassion and insight, Dr. Oliver Sacks again illuminates the mysteries of the brain by introducing us to some remarkable characters, including Pat, who remains a vivacious communicator despite the stroke that deprives her of speech, and Howard, a novelist who loses the ability to read. Sacks investigates those who can see perfectly well but are unable to recognize faces, even those of their own children. He describes totally blind people who navigate by touch and smell; and others who, ironically, become hyper-visual. Finally, he recounts his own battle with an eye tumor and the strange visual symptoms it caused. As he has done in classics like "The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat" and "Awakenings," Dr. Sacks shows us that medicine is both an art and a science, and that our ability to imagine what it is to see with another person''s mind is what makes us truly human.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780307473028
SKU 219605662
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0307473023
Release Date 10/4/2011
Author Info
Oliver Sacks
Born in 1933, Oliver Sacks grew up in wartime England surrounded by the tumult of a large family of scientists and activists (remembered by Sacks in his autobiography UNCLE TUNGSTEN). He was educated at Oxford before, in 1960, travelling to the United States. There he worked in a succession of hospitals in New York and San Francisco treating patients with neurological disorders. In addition to practicing medicine, Sacks desired to write, but combining that hobby with a medical career had not been easy for him. It was not until he discovered the work of Aleksandr Luria that Sacks saw how clinical writing could be executed descriptively and empathetically as well as scientifically. It was then, in 1972, that Sacks wrote AWAKENINGS, since made into a successful film. He has then claimed this genre as his own with subsequent publications that include THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT and AN ANTHROPOLOGIST ON MARS. Sacks lives in New York and London.
Born in 1933, Oliver Sacks grew up in wartime England surrounded by the tumult of a large family of scientists and activists (remembered by Sacks in his autobiography UNCLE TUNGSTEN). He was educated at Oxford before, in 1960, travelling to the United States. There he worked in a succession of hospitals in New York and San Francisco treating patients with neurological disorders. In addition to practicing medicine, Sacks desired to write, but combining that hobby with a medical career had not been easy for him. It was not until he discovered the work of Aleksandr Luria that Sacks saw how clinical writing could be executed descriptively and empathetically as well as scientifically. It was then, in 1972, that Sacks wrote AWAKENINGS, since made into a successful film. He has then claimed this genre as his own with subsequent publications that include THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT and AN ANTHROPOLOGIST ON MARS. Sacks lives in New York and London.
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"THE MIND'S EYE is a collection of essays...but it has a remarkably graceful coherence of theme, tone and approach."
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Annotation Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author of AWAKENINGS and THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT, examines the ways in which the brain and the senses work together in this engaging collection of essays. Through intriguing case histories, he introduces people with profound impairments--with the inability to recognize faces, to see in three dimensions, or to speak--and their inventive ways of navigating their realities. He also provides a surprisingly candid account of his own recovery from eye cancer and the long-term impact of the treatment on his own vision. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010.
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Number of Pages 0263
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