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Vintage Sacks

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  132 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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"It is Dr. Sacks's gift that he has found a way to enlarge our experience and understanding of what the human is." --"The Wall Street Journal
"Dubbed "the poet laureate of medicine" by "The New York Times, " Oliver Sacks is a practicing neu
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 6th 2004 by Vintage
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Sep 07, 2015 Ammar rated it really liked it
An introduction into the fascinating world of Oliver Sacks. Segments from Uncle Tungsten. Awakenings and other books written by Sacks over a 35 years span.

It makes one more interested to venture into the world of Sacks and his patients.
Sep 15, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it
Neurology is poetry. Memoir is science. Case study is narrative. Sacks is amazing. The story of the island of the colorblind was like reading Dr. Doolittle, but unlike Doolittle, Dr. Sacks is simply an observer whose own interactions have some impact, but it's the impact on Sacks himself that he writes about. He manages to turn a dozen or more other neurological conditions into marvelous short stories that just happen to be nonfiction, and then the slightly more academic essay on sign language a ...more
Jul 21, 2016 Chant rated it liked it
I'll preface my little comment about this book now. I bought this book for $2 just on name recognition, yesterday while at a used book store. I knew he was a neurologist, so that peaked my interest, because I have been on a binge on books on the philosophy of mind/consciousness and current research in neuroscience.

On the onset, I thought I would be getting more detailed explanations of neurological disorders and what not, but what I got was just stories of patients of his or people with neurolog
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Jul 10, 2008 Mary Ann Saurino rated it really liked it
I enjoy Sacks' work, and this is a fine overview that gives a sense of the tremendous range of his interests and expertise. It also gives a lovely sense of Sacks' humanity and compassion for individuals who somehow don't fit our "norms," and presents them to readers in ways that help us better understand ourselves.
Dec 19, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
Brilliant! I loved Oliver Sacks during college and grad school, but other than articles and excerpts that appeared over the years, I hadn't read a complete book by him since — until I recently picked up Hallucinations, which made me hungry for more. I am so happy for my personal rediscovery and cannot wait to read the books I've missed since the 1990s!
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Jun 14, 2010 Rebecca Blackson rated it really liked it
Absolutely fascinating! I really enjoyed this book — a smattering of chapters from this neurologists other books about fascinating subjects like the sleeping sickness, colorblindness, deafness, tourette's...really well-written too.
Sep 14, 2015 Shelley rated it really liked it
A great collection of samples of his works that I found in the wake of his death. I particularly enjoyed the tales of his childhood, creating smoke and explosions in his home. What an incredible mind his parents allowed to develop.
Feb 07, 2012 Lee rated it liked it
Found on the street in Brooklyn. Remembered enjoying his articles for The New Yorker, had always meant to read The Man Who Mistook his Wife for A Hat-- no excerpt from that in this, but I will have to pick up Awakenings at some point I think.
Sep 08, 2015 Hung-ya rated it really liked it
This book is not a usual book a Oliver Sacks reader would pick up for first reading but it is not a bad one at all. Gives you enough of incentives to find out more about his works.
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A great introduction to Sacks writing. I'm keen to read more. He has a great voice as an author.
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Oliver Wolf Sacks, CBE, was a British neurologist residing in the United States, who has written popular books about his patients, the most famous of which is Awakenings, which was adapted into a film of the same name starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.

Sacks was the youngest of four children born to a prosperous North London Jewish couple: Sam, a physician, and Elsie, a surgeon. When he wa
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