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An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks
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Mar 28, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, health-mind-body, owned-books
Read in February, 2012

Once again, Professor Sacks brings a probing and humane eye to different diseases, conditions and injuries that afflict that human brain. But more important than the conditions themselves are the people who deal with them, the sufferers, those around them and the doctors who are baffled by, frustrated with and inexorably drawn to getting to the bottom of these mysteries of the brain. While the book can get bogged down in medical jargon and terminology at points, it is mostly easy to understand.

These seven tales deal with human beings and Sacks never lets you forget that. Whether they understand their conditions or are literally unknowing of them, he presents people that deal with the world in their own unique way and on their own terms. If nothing else, the reader comes away with a clearer sympathy and understanding for those whose viewpoint of the world is figuratively that of someone from another planet.

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