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An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks
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Nov 27, 2011

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Read from November 27 to December 01, 2011

Seven very interesting stories about various neurological injuries and disorders and the effects they can have on developing an individual's identity or of adapting to a changing environment. The book is probably best known for its final chapter (and title source) which tells of autistic animal science researcher Temple Grandin, but its most interesting section "The Last Hippie" tells of a man who suffered from a brain tumor which altered his mental state, personality and even physical appearance so drastically that he was revered as a blessed religious leader.

The book itself gets a little too technical for the novice reader (me) and relies too heavily on summarizing the work of others, but it is interesting and mostly enjoyable. If you're like me, you may find yourself skipping pages at a time though to return to the central narrative.

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