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The Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks
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Feb 02, 2011

really liked it
Read in December, 2010

I got this one for Christmas and started reading a few days later. Each chapter is the story of one patient who is coping with difficulties in vision either from a problem with the eye or with the brain.

Oliver Sacks manages to write about scientific research and make it so accessible. Further, he writes about how the real people, who have these rare brain defects, manage to cope in their day to day lives.

It's a fascinating read. There is one chapter written about vision problems that Sacks himself had to endure. He writes with thoroughness about what he copes with and how he feels about it. Yet, the scientist in him can also stand back and observe his own reactions and the very interesting effects caused by his brain. He's coping with a lot but his curiosity and enjoyment of life shine through.

It's a book for those with at least some interest in psychology or neurology. The "people" part of the stories make it an inspirational book, as well.
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