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    DescriptionNeurological patients, Oliver Sacks once wrote, are travellers to unimaginable lands. An Anthropologist on Mars offers portraits of seven such travellers - including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette's syndrome unless he is operating; an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident, but finds a new sensibility and creative power in black and white; and an autistic professor who cannot decipher the simplest social exchange between humans, but has built a career out of her intuitive understanding of animal behavior. These are paradoxical tales, for neurological disease can conduct one to other modes of being that - however abnormal they may be to our way of thinking - may develop virtues and beauties of their own. The exploration of these individual lives is not one that can be made in a consulting room or office, and Sacks has taken off his white coat and deserted the hospital, by and large, to join his subjects in their own environments. He feels, he says, in part like a neuroanthropologist, but most of all like a physician, called here and there to make house calls, house calls at the far border of experience. Along the way, he shows us a new perspective on the way our brains construct our individual worlds. In his lucid and compelling reconstructions of the mental acts we take for granted - the act of seeing, the transport of memory, the notion of color - Oliver Sacks provokes anew a sense of wonder at who we are.


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    Title
    An Anthropologist on Mars
    Subtitle
    Seven Paradoxical Tales
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Oliver W Sacks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780679756972
    ISBN 10: 0679756973
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PSY
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: MB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: MJN, JMM
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    DC21: 616.8
    B&T General Subject: 670
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25340
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 616.8
    BISAC V2.8: PSY020000, MED056000, MED109000
    B&T Approval Code: N67010000
    LC classification: RC351 .S1948 1996
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: MB, JMM, MKJ
    Edition statement
    Vintage Books.
    Illustrations note
    PHOTO INSERTS THROUGHOUT
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    13 February 1996
    Publication City/Country
    New York